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SB-2204 Agricultural land.(1999-2000)

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Senate Bill No. 2204
CHAPTER 431

An act to amend Section 51256.2 of the Government Code, relating to land use.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  September 13, 2000. Approved by Governor  September 12, 2000. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 2204, Soto. Agricultural land.
Under existing law, one or more cities or counties may adopt a plan to implement multiple rescissions of Williamson Act contracts in order to place other land under agricultural conservation easements in a designated area within the Counties of San Bernardino and Riverside.
This bill would provide that easements located within that area may be related to contract rescissions in either county.
This bill would become operative only if AB 1944 is enacted and becomes effective on or before January 1, 2001.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 51256.2 of the Government Code is amended to read:

51256.2.
 (a) One or more cities or counties may adopt a plan for implementing the provisions of Section 51256 with respect to multiple transactions within one or more specific areas, and submit the plan to the director for his or her approval. The plan may be approved only upon a determination by the director that it is consistent with the provisions of Section 51256. Thereafter individual transactions shall be approved if they are consistent with the approved plan.
(b) Notwithstanding Section 51256, this section shall apply only to lands under contract located in the Counties of San Bernardino and Riverside, within the area bounded by Interstate 10 on the north, State Route 71 on the west, State Route 91 on the south, and a line two miles east of Interstate 15 on the east, and to easements within that area or within 10 miles of its exterior boundaries and within either Riverside County or San Bernardino County. For the purpose of this section, easements located within the described area may be related to contract rescissions in either county.
(c) The Legislature finds and declares that, because of the unique factors applicable only to the Chino Basin, a statute of general applicability cannot be enacted within the meaning of subdivision (b) of Section 16 of Article IV of the California Constitution. Those unique circumstances are that the Chino agricultural preserve is undergoing transition from agricultural to nonagricultural uses and the affected areas comprise more than a single jurisdiction. Therefore, a multijurisdictional approach is necessary.

SEC. 2.

 This act shall become operative only if AB 1944 is enacted and becomes effective on or before January 1, 2001.