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TITLE 5. LOCAL AGENCIES [50001 - 57607]

  ( Title 5 added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 81. )

DIVISION 1. CITIES AND COUNTIES [50001 - 52203]

  ( Division 1 added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 81. )

PART 1. POWERS AND DUTIES COMMON TO CITIES AND COUNTIES [50001 - 51298.5]

  ( Part 1 added by Stats. 1949, Ch. 81. )

CHAPTER 6.7. Timberland [51100 - 51155]

  ( Chapter 6.7 added by Stats. 1976, Ch. 176. )

ARTICLE 6. Eminent Domain or Other Acquisition [51150 - 51155]
  ( Article 6 added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 853. )

51150.
  

It is the policy of the state to avoid, whenever practicable, the location of any state or local public improvements and any improvements of public utilities, and the acquisition of land therefor, in timberland production zones.

(Amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1489, Sec. 23.)

51151.
  

(a) As used in this section, Section 51152, and Section 51155, “public agency” means the state, or any department or agency thereof, and any county, city, school district, or other local public district, agency, or entity; and “person” means any person authorized to acquire property by eminent domain.

(b) Whenever it appears that land within a timberland production zone (TPZ) may be required by a public agency or person for a public use, the public agency or person shall advise the Secretary of Resources and the local governing body responsible for the administration of the land of the intention to consider the location of a public improvement within the TPZ.

Within 30 days thereafter the Secretary of Resources and the local governing body shall forward to the public agency or person concerned their comments with respect to the effect of the location of the public improvement on the land within the TPZ and those comments shall be considered by the public agency or person. Failure of any public agency or person to comply with the requirements of this section shall invalidate any action by the agency or person to locate a public improvement within a TPZ. This subdivision does not apply to the erection, construction, alteration or maintenance of gas, electric, water, or communication transmission facilities within a TPZ if that TPZ was established after submission of the location of the facilities to the city or county for review or approval.

(Amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1489, Sec. 24.)

51152.
  

(a) No public agency or person shall locate a public improvement within a timberland production zone (TPZ) based primarily on a consideration of the lower cost of acquiring a land in a TPZ.

(b) No public agency or person shall acquire timberland zoned as timberland production pursuant to this chapter for any public improvement if there is other land within or outside the TPZ on which it is reasonably feasible to locate the public improvement.

(Amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1489, Sec. 25.)

51153.
  

Section 51152 shall not apply to:

(a) The location or construction of improvements where the board or council administering the TPZ approves or agrees to the location thereof.

(b) The acquisition of easements within a TPZ by the board or council administering the TPZ.

(c) The location or construction of any public utility improvement which has been approved by the Public Utilities Commission.

(d) Public works required for fish and wildlife enhancement and preservation.

(e) Improvements for which the site or route has been specified by the Legislature in such a manner as to make it impossible to avoid the acquisition of land under contract.

(f) All state highways on routes as described in Sections 301 to 622, inclusive, of the Streets and Highways Code, as those sections read on October 1, 1965.

(g) All facilities which are part of the State Water Facilities as described in subdivision (d) of Section 12934 of the Water Code, except facilities under paragraph (6) of said subdivision (d).

(h) Land upon which condemnation proceedings have been commenced prior to July 1, 1977.

(Added by Stats. 1977, Ch. 853.)

51154.
  

Section 51152 shall be enforceable only by mandamus proceedings by the local governing body administering the timberland production zone or the Secretary of Resources. However, as applied to condemnors whose determination of necessity is not conclusive by statute, evidence as to the compliance of the condemnor with Section 51152 shall be admissible on motion of any of the parties in any action otherwise authorized to be brought by the landowner or in any action against him.

(Amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1489, Sec. 26.)

51155.
  

When any action in eminent domain for the condemnation of the fee title of an entire parcel of land zoned as timberland production is filed or when that land is acquired in lieu of eminent domain for a public agency or person or whenever there is any such action or acquisition by the federal government or any person, instrumentality or agency acting under authority or power of the federal government, the parcel shall be deemed immediately rezoned (pursuant to Section 51130) as to the land actually being condemned or so acquired as of the date the action is filed and for the purposes of establishing the value of the land, the timberland production zone (TPZ) shall be deemed never to have existed.

Upon the termination of such a proceeding, the parcel shall be immediately rezoned for all land actually taken or acquired.

When an action to condemn or acquire less than all of a parcel of land subject to a TPZ is commenced, the parcel shall be deemed immediately rezoned as to the land actually condemned or acquired and shall be disregarded in the valuation process only as to the land actually being taken, unless the remaining land subject to the TPZ will be adversely affected by the condemnation, in which case the value of that damage shall be computed without regard to the TPZ.

When an action to condemn or acquire an interest which is less than the fee title of an entire parcel or any portion thereof, of land subject to a TPZ is commenced, the parcel shall be deemed immediately rezoned as to that interest and for the purpose of establishing the value of that interest only shall be deemed never to have existed, unless the remaining interests in any of the land subject to the TPZ will be adversely affected, in which case the value of that damage shall be computed without regard to the TPZ.

The land actually taken shall be removed from the TPZ. Under no circumstances shall land be removed that is not actually taken, except that when only a portion of the land or less than a fee interest in the land is taken or acquired, the parcel may be immediately rezoned with respect to the remaining portion or interest upon petition of either party, and pursuant to the provisions of Article 4 (commencing with Section 51130).

For the purposes of this section, a finding by the board or council that no authorized use may be made of the land if the TPZ is continued on the remaining portion or interest in the land may satisfy the requirements of subdivisions (a), (b), and (c) of Section 51134, and subdivisions (a), (b), and (c) of Section 4621.2 of the Public Resources Code.

(Amended by Stats. 1983, Ch. 1281, Sec. 5. Effective September 30, 1983.)

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