Category Archives: Property Law

Sustainability Through Side Yards

Guest Post by Robin Jacobs, Director, Strategic Legal Services Projects, Community Law Center Urban agriculture opportunities come in many forms, but perhaps one of the most prevalent ones is simply right before us: in our yards.  Many people take great … Continue reading

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Urban Agriculture Property Tax Credit in Baltimore City: First Reader Committee Meeting at City Hall

In a public hearing before the Taxation, Finance and Economic Development Committee, members of Baltimore’s City Council heard discussion about the proposed Council Bill 14-0420 to implement an urban agriculture property tax credit. Councilmember William “Pete” Welch and others introduced … Continue reading

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Maryland State Legislature Passes New Urban Agriculture Tax Credit Bill

On April 5, 2014, the Maryland General Assembly passed the “Property Tax Credit – Urban Agricultural Property” bill authorizing Maryland counties and the City of Baltimore to implement a property tax credit for urban land used for agricultural purposes. The … Continue reading

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Urban fruit gleaning & trespass.

One creative way in which community organizations are feeding people in the city is through gleaning uneaten and unwanted fruit from trees on public land and in private backyards. For example, the Baltimore Orchard Project seeks to: Glean fruit from … Continue reading

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Licenses & easements.

When we left Novella yesterday, she had just spoken with the owner of the large lot on which she had dug and planted a garden, without his permission. The man saw her work on his property and told her: “Garden … Continue reading

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Guerrilla Gardening & Trespass

You may have heard of Novella Carpenter, an urban farmer with a small city lot in a particularly gritty part of Oakland, California. She wrote a great book called Farm City: the Education of an Urban Farmer, which is a … Continue reading

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How could anyone, when informed about what CLC does, not support it financially? We are helping to build the economic strength of low-income communities that lack the financial resources to pay for private legal representation. CLC makes an important and unique contribution to the region as it demonstrates its expertise and effectiveness in using the law to overcome or mitigate many of the social, economic, and environmental problems that plague low-income neighborhoods.

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