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Property Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2017

Government Code Provisions

Provisions Relating to the California Land Conservation Act of 1965 (The Williamson Act)

Chapter 7. Agricultural Land*

Article 2.5. Agricultural Preserves

Section 51231

51231. Rules governing administration and establishment of preserves. For the purposes of this chapter, the board or council, by resolution, shall adopt rules governing the administration of agricultural preserves, including procedures for initiating, filing, and processing requests to establish agricultural preserves. Rules related to compatible uses shall be consistent with the provisions of Section 51238.1. Those rules shall be applied uniformly throughout the preserve. The board or council may require the payment of a reasonable application fee. The same procedure that is required to establish an agricultural preserve shall be used to disestablish or to enlarge or diminish the size of an agricultural preserve. In adopting rules related to compatible uses, the board or council may enumerate those uses, including agricultural laborer housing which are to be considered to be compatible uses on contracted lands separately from those uses which are to be considered to be compatible uses on lands not under contract within the agricultural preserve.

History.—Stats. 1978, Ch. 1120, in effect January 1, 1979, deleted the phrase after "preserve," and added a period and the new sentences. Stats. 1980, Ch. 1219, in effect January 1, 1981, added "including agricultural laborer housing" after the second "uses" in the fifth sentence. Stats. 1994, Ch. 1251, in effect January 1, 1995, added second sentence, and substituted "Those" for "Such" before "rules" in the third sentence. Stats. 1995, Ch. 686, in effect October 10, 1995, operative January 1, 1996, substituted "provisions of" for "principles set forth in" after "consistent with the" in the second sentence.

Note.—Section 5 of Stats. 1980, Ch. 1219, provided no payment by state to local governments because of this act; however, a local agency or school district may pursue other remedies to obtain reimbursement.

* Unless otherwise noted Chapter 7 was added by Stats. 1965, p. 3377, in effect September 17, 1965.

† Article 2.5 was added by Stats. 1969, p. 2806, in effect November 10, 1969.