Policy Summary

These provisions relate to the administration of the City's P-Patch community garden program. The set out the Director of Neighborhood's duties with respect to administering the program and to lease or obtain access to land for use as "P-Patch community gardens or for similar open space use," with some limitations.

Background Information

State Washington
Jurisdiction Name Seattle
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 200,000-800,000
Legal Strategies
  • Expressly allows something
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Grow; Get;
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?

Director may waive or reduce fees for garden plots used by low-income persons or to benefit low-income persons, and for plots used by organizations dedicated to food bank gardening. § 3.35.060 (F).

Health-related goal?

Environmental goal?

Economic goal?

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

"There is established a Department of Neighborhoods to provide community members and groups with coordinated, accessible, and effective tools and resources to: A. Identify and address their diverse character and needs; B. Participate in City government processes; C. Improve two-way communications with City departments; D. Build capacity and strengthen their communities; E. Resolve and respond to issues and challenges facing their communities; F. Communicate and collaborate with other local organizations and community groups; and G. Foster coordination and unity of purpose among local communities and City government." § 3.35.010.

Includes definitions?

Addresses implementation?

The Director of Neighborhoods (Director) can establish and collect fees for use of P-Patch gardend plots, subject to guidelines provided in law. § 3.35.060. The Director also can act on City's behalf to lease property for use as P-Patch community gardens or similar uses, including managing the leases and negotiating terms for leases, easements and the like subject to limits described in the law. § 3.35.080.

Enforcement provisions?

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Up to $2,00 per year for leases for "P-Patch community gardens or for similar open space use." § 3.35.080.

Code context and ordinance history

Sections 3.35.060 "Garden plot fee schedule; permits" and 3.35.080 "Leases and agreements authorized," is located in Title 3, "Administration," Subtitle II, "Departments and Offices," Chapter 3.35, "Department of Neighborhoods." History for 3.35.060: Ord. 121656 § 1, 2004; Ord. 121341 § 1, 2003; Ord. 120985 § 1, 2002; Ord. 120171 § 1, 2000; Ord. 118546 § 1, 1997; Ord. 117397 § 1, 1994; Ord. 115929 § 1, 1991; Ord. 113738 § 1, 1987; Ord. 109489 § 1, 1980; Ord. 107833 § 1, 1978; Ord. 106958 § 1, 1977. History for 3.35.080: Ord. 118546 § 3, 1997: Ord. 118208 § 1, 1996.


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