DC Urban Farming and Food Security Act of 2014
This act promotes urban farming and food security in DC by establishing incentives to encourage the use of privately-owned land for urban farming and community gardens.
Benefits to landowners who use their land for agricultural purposes:
Awards a 90% tax abatement to landowners in DC whose land is used for agricultural purposes.
If a tax-exempt organization leases or otherwise uses its land for agricultural purposes, it is still eligible to retain its tax-exempt status.
The District Department of Parks and Recreation is currently finalizing regulations with the Office of Tax and Revenue to implement the tax abatement in FY2016, which was funded up to $400,000 in abatements. The zoning commission needs to approve and recognize urban agriculture. Those interested can make comments to support the zoning commission’s ongoing regulations review here.