An Opportunity to Promote Urban Agriculture in North Fair Oaks and San Mateo County
AB 551: Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones Act
Enacted January 1, 2014, AB 551 is a state bill that empowers California’s cities and counties to pass ordinances to create “Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones (UAIZ),” which allows landowners to receive tax incentives for dedicating land to agriculture uses.
The San Mateo County Food System Alliance Policy Committee recommends that the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors support local implementation of AB 551: Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones Act in unincorporated areas of the county. Additionally, the Board of Supervisors should adopt a ‘Resolution of Approval’ that grants cities authority to adopt and implement an UAIZ ordinance within their jurisdictions.