AB 551 would set the table for new resources for fresh food
Nik Reed, board member, The Greenhouse Project and COO, Ravel Law Inc. and Eli Zigas, food systems and urban agriculture program manager, San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) in Sacramento to testify to the Assembly Committee on Local Government on behalf of AB 551.
Sacramento – Assemblyman Philip Y. Ting (D-San Francisco) championed beauty over blight yesterday by securing passage of his legislation, AB 551, from the Assembly Local Government Committee. The Ting legislation would authorize cities and counties to create urban agriculture incentive zones, and allow reduced property assessments when a landowner allows small-scale food production on their land.
“We want to encourage small farms on vacant and blighted inner-city properties and make it easier for them to flourish,” Ting said. “By creating a tax incentive for property owners to dedicate the property for urban farming, we are offering them a creative option for their unused land, and providing the community a new source of locally grown, fresh food.”
AB 551 is sponsored by San Francisco Urban Agriculture Alliance, and has the support of San Francisco Supervisor David Chiu, Little City Gardens, San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), Mission Pie, and dozens of community-based farming organizations throughout the state.