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tax relief for community garden owners

  • Subject: [cg] tax relief for community garden owners
  • From: Laura Berman <laura@foodshare.net>
  • Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2001 21:53:56 -0500

Hi Judy & CG Friends ,

I'm not sure if these following links will have what you are looking for re:
tax relief policies, but they are worth checking out anyway. They are all
listed on our web site's Links page and are all PDF files requiring Adobe
Acrobat reader.

1. Community Development through Gardening: State and Local Policies
Transforming Urban Open Space by Jane E. Schukoske. A PDF file that can be
downloaded from NYU website.

2.  National Community Garden Survey 1996, ACGA Monograph by Suzanne
Monroe-Santos PDF file

3. Comprehensive Plans, Zoning Regulations, Open Space Policies and Goals
Concerning Community Gardens and Open Green Space from the Cities of
Seattle, Berkeley, Boston, and Chicago:
Information compiled by ACGA Member Lenny Librizzi for the GreenThumb Grow
Together Workshop ³Lessons From Community Gardening Programs In Other
Cities³ given March 20, 1999. PDF file

Happy Holidays,
> From: community_garden-admin@mallorn.com
> Reply-To: community_garden@mallorn.com
> Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2001 12:00:12 -0600
> To: community_garden@mallorn.com
> Subject: community_garden digest, Vol 1 #906 - 6 msgs
> Message: 1
> From: Grow19@aol.com
> Date: Sun, 16 Dec 2001 19:02:19 EST
> To: community_garden@mallorn.com
> Subject: [cg] tax relief for community garden owners
> Hi CG Friends, 
> We in Washington DC need your feedback and expertise.  Are there
> municipalities in that have tax systems that provide incentives/benefits to
> the private owners of vacant land used for community gardens?  We are looking
> for examples of what type of tax benefits there are, specifically how they
> work, who we could contact to obtain copies of the legislation enabling these
> tax benefits. 
> Are there any cities where taxes are waived altogether for private land used
> as community gardens?  What time period is required?  What happens if the
> land stops being a community garden?  Is tax then collected at a higher rate
> plus interest?  
> Here is Washington DC a sustainable development group has drafted legislation
> aimed at giving some tax relief to private owners.  Here are the specific
> provisions as they propose them:
> *Properties that are designated community gardens would be taxed at a lower
> rate than would otherwise apply to vacant lots, which are currently taxed at
> the highest rate.
> *Formal designation as a community garden would be provided by the DC Parks &
> Rec Department, provided that the owner agrees to allow the land to be used
> as a garden for a minimum of three years.
> *In the case that the property does not continue to be a community garden for
> the full three year period, the owner would be required to pay all back taxes
> at the original vacant land rate.
> Hope to hear from you all very soon.  The sustainable development group is in
> a terrific hurry to put this legislation forward.  I hope you will consider
> forwarding this message to municipal tax folks, urban planners, folks at
> Trust for Public Land, etc who might also be able to help
> Happy Holidays!!
> Judy Tiger
> Garden Resources of Washington
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