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Public Resources Code - PRC

DIVISION 5. PARKS AND MONUMENTS [5001 - 5873]

  ( Division 5 added by Stats. 1939, Ch. 94. )

CHAPTER 1.695. Public Review of State Agency Acquisition of Conservation Lands [5096.500 - 5096.520]

  ( Chapter 1.695 added by Stats. 2004, Ch. 708, Sec. 1. )

ARTICLE 3. Conservation Easement Registry [5096.520- 5096.520.]
  ( Article 3 added by Stats. 2006, Ch. 531, Sec. 3. )

5096.520.
  

(a) The Secretary of the Resources Agency shall establish a central public registry of all conservation easements held or required by the state, or purchased with state grant funds provided by an agency, department, or division of the state on or after January 1, 2000. In constructing the registry, the Resources Agency shall draw upon the Department of General Services’ property inventory, and other information held by a state agency, department, division, or other sources.

(b) For the purposes of this section, “conservation easement” means any limitation in a recorded instrument that contains an easement, restriction, covenant, condition, or offer to dedicate, that has been executed by or on behalf of the owner of the land subject to that limitation and is binding upon successive owners of the land, and the purpose of which is to retain land predominantly in its natural, scenic, historical, agricultural, forested, or open-space condition. “Conservation easement” includes a conservation easement as defined in Section 815.1 of the Civil Code, an open-space easement as defined in Section 51075 of the Government Code, and an agricultural conservation easement as defined in Section 10211.

(c) The registry shall only include the following information on each conservation easement listed in the registry:

(1) The assessor’s parcel numbers for the property covered by the easement.

(2) The purpose of the easement.

(3) The location of the easement, identified by county and nearest city.

(4) The identity of the easementholder.

(5) The size of the easement in acres.

(6) The date the easement transaction was recorded.

(7) The amount of funding provided by the agency, department, or division of the state holding or requiring the easement or providing state grant funds for the easement.

(d) An agency, department, or division of the state with conservation easements that are held or required by the state or purchased with state grant funds shall enter and keep current the information specified in subdivision (c) for those easements in the registry established pursuant to this section.

(e) On or before January 1, 2009, the Secretary of the Resources Agency shall make the registry available for use by the general public. Only the information pertaining to paragraphs (2) to (6), inclusive, of subdivision (c) regarding conservation easements held or required by the state, or purchased with state grant funds provided by an agency, department, or division of the state on or after January 1, 2006, shall be provided by the Secretary of the Resources Agency on the Internet. Personal identifying information shall not be posted on the Internet. The registry shall be updated biennially.

(Amended by Stats. 2007, Ch. 229, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2008.)

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