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Streets and Highways Code - SHC

DIVISION 1. STATE HIGHWAYS [50 - 897]

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

CHAPTER 9. Scenic Areas [895 - 897]
  ( Chapter 9 added by Stats. 1966, 1st Ex. Sess., Ch. 125. )

895.
  

If federal funds are available for reimbursement therefor, the department may acquire, either in fee or in any lesser estate or interest, real property adjacent to any highway included in the national system of interstate and defense highways or the federal-aid primary highway system, which the department considers necessary for the preservation, maintenance or conservation of scenic lands or areas adjacent to such highways or which it considers necessary to preserve, improve or enhance the scenic beauty of or points of interest in the lands or areas traversed by such highways. Nothing in this section shall authorize the use of eminent domain to acquire any dwelling or any building or other enclosure, and the appurtenances thereto, in which commercial activities are conducted.

(Added by Stats. 1966, 1st Ex. Sess., Ch. 125.)

896.
  

The Legislature hereby declares that the acquisition of interests in real property for the preservation, maintenance or conservation of scenic lands or areas adjacent to any highway included in the national system of interstate and defense highways or the federal-aid primary highway system or to preserve, improve or enhance the natural beauty of points of interest in the lands or areas traversed by such highways provided for in Section 895 constitutes a public use and purpose.

(Added by Stats. 1966, 1st Ex. Sess., Ch. 125.)

897.
  

The department may convey or lease such property back to its original owner or to another person or entity in the manner and subject to such reservations, conditions, covenants or other contractual arrangements approved by the commission as will preserve the scenic character or beauty of the area traversed by the highway.

(Added by Stats. 1966, 1st Ex. Sess., Ch. 125.)

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