Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones

POD 15-008

Project Contact: Timothy Vertino | timothy.vertino@sdcounty.ca.gov | (858) 495-5468

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Board of Supervisors Hearing:

On March 11, 2020 the County Board of Supervisors adopted the UAIZ Ordinance for the unincorporated areas.

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The application for Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones can be found here. The County Board of Supervisors waived UAIZ application fees. Please contact staff for additional information.

To find out if your property is eligible for the Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones Program, you can search by location or Assessor Parcel Number (APN), please click here.

UAIZ Eligible Census Areas

Background:

On November 14, 2018, the Board of Supervisors directed staff to establish an Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone ordinance within the unincorporated areas of the County. 

Board Letter
Minute Order

Project Purpose:

California Assembly Bill No. 551 - Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones Act, authorizes counties and/or cities to establish Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones whereby the county or city and a landowner can enter into a contract for small-scale production of agricultural crops in exchange for a potential property tax benefit.

The property owner voluntarily enters into a contract with the county for a minimum of 5 years in length. While under contract, the property owner pays property taxes based on the assessed agricultural value of the property, which can offer substantial savings. 

To be eligible for the program, the property shall be located within an urbanized census area; be between 0.1 and 3.0 acres in size; vacant, unimproved, or have only non-reaidential structures; and be fully dedicated to agriculture.

This enabling legislation promotes and protects agricultural uses and recognizes the public benefit of agriculture for ecological, public health, sociological and community benefits.

The UAIZ program does not change the Zoning, nor the General Plan designation.