San Diego is moving in the right direction! Newly proposed was an incentive for owners of vacant or unsightly properties if they would set aside the land for gardening.
“Under the Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone program, property owners would be allowed to enter into contracts at least five years long with the city and county of San Diego to allow their vacant, unimproved or blighted land to be used for agricultural uses, like community gardens.”
Some of the requirements would be that each property size would need to be at least 1/10 of an acre and no more than three acres. No zoning changes would need to be made.
“A landowner would benefit in return when a piece of property is assessed using the per-acre value of irrigated cropland in California.
The county of San Diego is developing its own ordinance since the county assesses properties. The incentive program was authorized by the state Legislature in January 2014.”
The original article can be found at: “Fox5SanDiego.com“