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

Chapter 7. Agricultural Land*

Article 3. Contracts

Section 51256

51256. Rescission and entry into new contract on uncontracted land. [Repealed by Stats. 1983, Ch. 880, in effect January 1, 1985.]

51256. Rescission and entry into new contract on uncontracted land. Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, a city or county, upon petition by a landowner, may enter into an agreement with the landowner to rescind a contract in accordance with the contract cancellation provisions of Section 51282 in order to simultaneously place other land within that city, the county, or the county where the contract is rescinded under an agricultural conservation easement, consistent with the purposes and, except as provided in subdivision (b), the requirements of the California Farmland Conservancy pursuant to Division 10.2 (commencing with Section 10200) of the Public Resources Code, provided that the board or council makes all of the following findings:

(a) The proposed agricultural conservation easement is consistent with the criteria set forth in Section 10251 of the Public Resources Code.

(b) The proposed agricultural conservation easement is evaluated pursuant to the selection criteria in Section 10252 of the Public Resources Code, and particularly subdivisions (a), (c), (e), (f), and (h), and the board or council makes a finding that the proposed easement will make a beneficial contribution to the conservation of agricultural land in its area.

(c) The land proposed to be placed under an agricultural conservation easement is of equal size or larger than the land subject to the contract to be rescinded, and is equally or more suitable for agricultural use than the land subject to the contract to be rescinded. In determining the suitability of the land for agricultural use, the city or county shall consider the soil quality and water availability of the land, adjacent land uses, and any agricultural support infrastructure.

(d) The value of the proposed agricultural conservation easement, as determined pursuant to Section 10260 of the Public Resources Code, is equal to or greater than either of the following:

(1) Twelve and one-half percent of the cancellation valuation of the land subject to the contract to be rescinded, pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 51283.

(2) Twenty-five percent of the cancellation valuation of the land subject to the contract to be rescinded pursuant to paragraph (3) of subdivision (c) of Section 51297, if the contract was entered into pursuant to Article 7 (commencing with Section 51296).

(e) The easement value and the cancellation valuation shall be determined within 90 days before the approval of the city or county of an agreement pursuant to this section.

History.—Added by Stats. 1997, Ch. 495 (SB 1240), in effect January 1, 1998. Stats. 1999, Ch. 1018 (SB 985), in effect January 1, 2000, added "accordance with the contract cancellation provisions of Section 51282 in" between "in" and "order"; added "within that city, the county, or the county where the contract is rescinded" between "land" and "under"; and substituted "consistent with the purposes and, except as provided in subdivision (b), the requirements of the Agricultural Land Stewardship Program pursuant to Division 10.2 (commencing with Section 10200)" for "as defined in Section 10211" after "easement" in the first sentence of the first paragraph; deleted former subdivisions (a) and (b), relettered former subdivision (c) as (a) and added "of the Public Resources Code" after "Section 10251"; added subdivision (b); relettered former subdivision (d) and (e) as (c) and (d), respectively; and deleted former subdivision (f), which became Section 51256.1. Stats. 2008, Ch. 503 (AB 2921), in effect January 1, 2009, substituted "California Farmland Conservancy" for "Agricultural Land Stewardship Program" after "requirements of the" in the first sentence of the first paragraph; added "either of the following:" after "or greater than" in the first sentence of subdivision (d) and created paragraph (1) thereof with the balance of the first sentence after "or greater than" and substituted "Twelve and one-half" for "12.5" before "percent of the" therein, and added paragraph (2) thereto; designated the former second sentence of subdivision (d) as subdivision (e), and substituted "90" for "30" after "be determined within" therein.

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