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Streets and Highways Code - SHC

DIVISION 1. STATE HIGHWAYS [50 - 897]

  ( Division 1 enacted by Stats. 1935, Ch. 29. )

CHAPTER 3. The Care and Protection of State Highways [660 - 759.3]

  ( Chapter 3 enacted by Stats. 1935, Ch. 29. )

ARTICLE 4. Protection of Beds of Mapped Highways [740 - 742]
  ( Article 4 added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 1451. )

740.
  

As used in this article:

“Mapped highway” means a highway which is laid out, surveyed, and delineated on a map of such size, scale, and detail that the exact location on the ground which the highway is to occupy can be ascertained.

“Map” includes plat.

“Owner” includes any person entitled to the use or possession of real property.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 1451.)

740.2.
  

Whenever the department has laid out and surveyed a proposed state highway in any county or city it shall prepare a map of such highway sufficient to show the location of such highway on each parcel of land to be traversed or otherwise occupied by the highway when constructed.

(Amended by Stats. 1961, Ch. 471.)

740.4.
  

The department shall transmit a copy of such map insofar as it relates to the land within a county to the planning commission of the county.

The planning commission of such county shall thereafter prepare a precise plan showing such planned right-of-way in conformity with Section 65600 of the Government Code, and the board of supervisors shall thereafter adopt such precise plan in the manner provided in Article 11 (commencing with Section 65600), Chapter 3, Title 7 of the Government Code.

Thereafter, the planning commission shall also notify the department of any application for a building permit for a building costing five thousand dollars ($5,000) or more in sufficient time to give the department an opportunity to purchase the right-of-way from such applicant. Upon adoption of a resolution by the board of supervisors, the notice to the department may be given by any other officer, board, commission, or department designated for that purpose by the resolution.

(Amended by Stats. 1975, Ch. 1245.)

740.5.
  

The department shall transmit a copy of such map, insofar as it relates to the land within a city, to the planning commission of the city or, if the city has not created a planning commission, to the governing body of the city.

The planning commission of such city or, if the city has not created a planning commission, the governing body of such city acting as a planning commission, shall thereafter notify the department of any application for a building permit for a building costing five thousand dollars ($5,000) or more in sufficient time to give the department an opportunity to purchase the right-of-way from such applicant.

The notices required to be given by the planning commission, or by the governing body acting as a planning commission, may be given by any other officer, board, commission, or department designated for that purpose by resolution of the governing body.

(Amended by Stats. 1975, Ch. 1245.)

740.6.
  

A copy of the precised plan shall be filed with the agency of the county charged with the duty of issuing building permits for buildings in unincorporated areas in the county, or, if no such agency exists in the county, with the county surveyor.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 1451.)

740.8.
  

No person shall hereafter erect any building or structure, other than a temporary structure costing less than five hundred dollars ($500) without a permit to do so. If no other agency is charged with the duty of issuing such permits the county surveyor shall have such duty.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 1451.)

741.
  

Prior to issuing a building permit the officer whose function is to issue such permits shall examine the precised plan and if he finds that the building or structure proposed to be erected will lie within the boundaries of the mapped highway he shall grant the permit if the cost of the proposed building or structure is five hundred dollars ($500) or less. Otherwise he shall refuse such permit and notify the applicant for the permit of the reason for such refusal.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 1451.)

741.2.
  

Any person aggrieved by the refusal of a building permit under this article may request a hearing on the matter by an appeals board. Except as hereinafter provided the governing body of the county is the appeals board for the county. If the governing body of any county determines that the number of hearings requested is so numerous that they cannot be handled expeditiously by such body, it shall appoint an appeals board to conduct such hearings.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 1451.)

741.4.
  

The appeals board shall grant the permit if any of the following are true:

(a) That the property of which the mapped highway location is a part is of such nature that the owner of the land will be substantially damaged by the refusal to grant the permit.

(b) That the property will not earn a fair return on the owner’s investment unless the construction involved is authorized.

(c) That, balancing the interests of the public in preserving the integrity of the officially mapped highway against the interest of the owner of the land in using his property, the granting of the permit is required by considerations of justice and equity.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 1451.)

741.6.
  

The appeals board shall not grant the permit if any of the following are true:

(a) That the owner of the land will not be substantially damaged by locating the proposed structure on his land outside of the lines of the mapped highway.

(b) That, balancing the interests of the public in preserving the integrity of the mapped highway against the interest of the land owner in using his property as proposed to be used, the resulting disadvantages to the State would be unreasonably disproportionate to the advantages to the owner to be derived from so using the property.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 1451.)

741.7.
  

Nothing in this article shall be deemed a condition precedent to the acquisition of rights of way by purchase or by proceedings in eminent domain.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 1451.)

741.8.
  

Nothing in this article shall be construed to restrict the right of any person to seek declaratory relief pursuant to Section 1060 of the Code of Civil Procedure or to avail himself of any other legal or equitable remedy applicable to his particular case.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 1451.)

741.9.
  

The assessor, in assessing any property affected by the provisions of this article, shall take into consideration any impairment of the use of the property which lessens its actual value resulting from the establishment of the location of the highway.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 1451.)

742.
  

If any provision of this article, or the application thereof to any person, or circumstance, is held invalid, the remainder of this article, and the application of such provision to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected thereby.

(Added by Stats. 1947, Ch. 1451.)

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