Laws, Regulations & Annotations
Property Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2015
Government Code Provisions
Provisions Relating to Timberland
Chapter 6.7. Timberland*
Article 2. Timberland Production Zones†
51119.5. Size of parcels zoned as timberland production lands. Parcels zoned as timberland production under this chapter may not be divided into parcels containing less than 160 acres unless the original owner prepares a joint timber management plan prepared or approved as to content by a registered professional forester for the parcels to be created. The joint timber management plan shall provide for the management and harvesting of timber by the original and any subsequent owners, and shall be recorded with the county recorder as a deed restriction on all newly created parcels. The deed restriction shall run with the land rather than with the owners, and shall remain in force for a period of not less than 10 years from the date division is approved by the board or council. The division shall be approved only by a four-fifths vote of the full board or council, and only after recording of the deed restriction.
History.—Stats. 1977, Ch. 853, in effect September 17, 1977, substituted present wording for "Parcels zoned as timberland preserve under this chapter may not be divided into parcels containing less than 160 acres unless owners of resulting parcels submit a joint timber management plan prepared or approved as to content by a registered professional forester, and such owners enter into a binding contract with the board or council to manage and harvest timber on the timberland jointly, and are bound by the provisions of such management plan for a minimum period of 10 years. Such division shall be approved by a four-fifths vote of the full board or council." Stats. 1982, Ch. 1489, in effect January 1, 1983, substituted "production" for "preserve" after "timberland" in the first sentence, "The" for "Such" before "deed" in the third sentence, and "The" for "Such" before "division" in the fourth sentence.
* Chapter 6.7 was added by Stats. 1976, Ch. 176, p. 305, in effect May 24, 1976. Secs. 20 and 21 thereof provided no payment by state to local governments because of this act.
† Article 2 heading was amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1489, in effect January 1, 1983.