Policy Summary

Implements Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone (UAIZ)]Program, which allows landowners in urban areas to receive reduced tax assessments for putting land towards an agricultural use. Any agricultural use that is allowed or conditionally allowed under state or local law can qualify. Lots may be up to 3 acres in size. Law caps cumulative loss in real property tax revenue over the life of the program at three million dollars.

Background Information

State California
Jurisdiction Name Los Angeles
Jurisdiction Type County,
Population Size 800,000+
Legal Strategies
  • Creates an incentive for a change
  • Expressly allows something
Reach Limited scope
Creates an incentive; eligibility for a reduced tax assessment.
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:

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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?

"increase access to healthy food" Sec. 22.52.3410.

Environmental goal?

Economic goal?

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

"The purpose of this Los Angeles County Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone ("UAIZ") Program is to implement the UAIZ Act ("Act"), as described in section 51040, et seq., of the California Government Code to promote and foster urban agriculture. The UAIZ Program is designed to increase access to healthy food by providing an incentive for property owners of eligible vacant or unimproved properties within the urban areas of the County ... to utilize these properties for small-scale agricultural uses. The property owners of eligible properties may enter into agreements with the County, or respective cities that elect to participate in the UAIZ Program, to promote urban agriculture enterprises in exchange for reduced property tax assessments ...." Sec. 22.52.3410. See also Sec. 22.04.020 for purpose of the entire Title 22.

Includes definitions?

Sec. 22.08.010 et seq.

Addresses implementation?

Application and approval process for the director. Sec. 22.52.3460.

Enforcement provisions?

Cancellation of Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone (UAIZ) Agreement with County and payment of property tax equal to the cumulative value of the tax benefit received during the duration of the UAIZ agreement. Sec. 22.52.3510.

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

Title 22 Planning and Zoning, div. 1-Planning and Zoning, ch. 22.52-General Regulations, pt. 31-Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone Program. History: Ord. 2016-0023 § 1, 2016.


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