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Property Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2016

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Provisions Relating to Property Tax Relief



Chapter 3. Open-Space Subventions*

Section 16143

16143. Open-space land. Land shall be deemed to be devoted to open-space uses of statewide significance if it:

(a) Could be developed as prime agricultural land, or

(b) Is open-space land as defined in Section 65560 which constitutes a resource whose preservation is of more than local importance for ecological, economic, educational, or other purposes. The Secretary of the Resources Agency shall be the final judge of whether the land is in fact devoted to open-space use of statewide significance.

* Section 7 of Stats. 1976, Ch. 658, provided that the intent of the Legislature is to reallocate the open-space subventions to give greater priority to lands which are threatened with development or urbanization. It is also the intent of the Legislature that the provisions of this bill apply only until a revised system is developed by the state to more clearly express its interest in the preservation of certain categories of land.

† For the genesis of Chapter 3 see: Stats. 1969, p. 3115; Stats. 1970, p. 899; Stats. 1970, p. 2067; Stats. 1971 (First Extra Session), p. 4881; Stats. 1971 (First Extra Session), p. 5136; Stats. 1972, p. 1977. These provisions were renumbered 16140–16153 and amended in part by Stats. 1972, p. 1997, in effect August 18, 1972.