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Valley Councilman Proposes Urban Crop Plan

A San Fernando Valley councilman has proposed that Los Angeles offer property tax breaks to residents allowing their vacant land be used to grow food. Councilman Felipe Fuentes, who represents District 7 in the Northeast Valley, co-introduced the motion on Wednesday with Councilman Curren Price, District 9, Downtown and South Los Angeles. The motion would have the city designated as an Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone., which would give landowners with a tenth of an acre to 3 acres of vacant land a property tax reduction if they grew food there for at least five years. “In addition to encouraging productive uses for vacant land, the implementation of Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones in the city would also increase access to fruits and vegetables in areas that currently lack fresh foods,” the motion said. Under the state law that established the agriculture incentive zones, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors would have to approve the city being given zone status. The motion goes to the council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee for initial consideration.

Mark Madler
Mark Madler
Mark R. Madler covers aviation & aerospace, manufacturing, technology, automotive & transportation, media & entertainment and the Antelope Valley. He joined the company in February 2006. Madler previously worked as a reporter for the Burbank Leader. Before that, he was a reporter for the City News Bureau of Chicago and several daily newspapers in the suburban Chicago area. He has a bachelor’s of science degree in journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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