Oct 3, 2013 12:03 PM
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California cities hoping to promote community gardens and small-scale farms in urban areas are getting a boost from a new state law recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.
The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1a0LzPc ) the measure lets municipalities lower property taxes on plots of three acres or less if owners dedicate them to growing food for at least five years.
The voluntary program makes it easier for cities to create "urban agriculture incentive zones" that didn't rely on public land or heavy philanthropic support.
The legislation authored by Democratic San Francisco Assemblyman Phil Ting aims to make it easier for owners to transform eyesore parcels such as empty lots into farmable land.
It passed the Senate unanimously and garnered just six no votes in the Assembly.
Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com