Policy Summary

This law establishes, provides use standards for, and defines the location of the Potomac Vegetable Farm Local Agricultural and Forestal District. Among other things, it prohibits land within the district from being developed to a more intensive use than its existing use for a renewable period of eight years, except that expansion of or improvements to the agricultural or forestal use of the land are expressly allowed, as is the construction of one additional house within the district for either an owner, a member of an owner's family or for a tenant who farms the land. The district addressed by this law is one of over 80 current and former "agricultural and forestal districts" recognized by the Code of Ordinances, and is summarized here by way of example and because it specifically references "vegetable" farming. See provisions related to additional districts in Appendixes E and F.

Background Information

State Virginia
Jurisdiction Name Fairfax County
Jurisdiction Type County,
Population Size 800,000+
Food System Category Grow;
Evidence for Health

This policy may correspond to diet-related strategies identified by the County Health Rankings’ What Works for Health tool, including:

For research on the potential effectiveness, please review the category links above.

We understand that this information is not comprehensive. It also does not include other important forms of evidence such as community members’ lived experiences and practice-based evidence.

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Health-related goal?

See reference to "vegetable farm." § F-15.

Environmental goal?

See, e.g., references to "soil and water conservation plan" and "Environmental Quality Corridor." § F-15.

Economic goal?

See, e.g., references to "farm" and "agricultural use." § F-15.

Has a stated intent or purpose?

Includes definitions?


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