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Public Resources Code - PRC

DIVISION 23. SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS CONSERVANCY [33000 - 33220]

  ( Division 23 added by Stats. 1979, Ch. 1087. )
  

CHAPTER 3. Establishment and Functions of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy [33200 - 33215]
  ( Chapter 3 added by Stats. 1979, Ch. 1087. )

  
33211.5.  

(a) The following conditions of use apply to property owned or subject to the management of the conservancy:

(1) Opening and closing hours shall be posted on any property upon which public use is permitted.

(2) Property may be closed to public use only when fire, mudslide, landslide, or flood dangers pose a substantial risk of injury or loss of life, or when a federal, state, or local disaster or emergency declaration has been made by an authorized person or public agency, or where there is an emergency or potential emergency situation of a temporary nature that involves substantial risk or potential risk to life or property, and the temporary closure or restriction of access is necessary to protect the public health and safety.

Any property closed shall be reopened as soon as the fire, mudslide, landslide, or flood dangers no longer pose a danger of injury or loss of life, or when a federal, state, or local disaster or emergency declaration is no longer in effect, or where there is no longer an emergency or potential emergency situation of a temporary nature that involves substantial risk or potential risk to life or property.

(3) Vehicles shall park only in designated areas and may not be operated off of roads or other areas designated for vehicle use. All vehicle use, including bicycles, shall conform to posted signs.

(b) Trails, campsites, and other public use areas on property owned or subject to the management of the conservancy shall be designated and posted with prohibited activities and use restrictions clearly indicated, including, but not limited to, the prohibition or restriction of smoking, fires, fireworks, animals, possession of dangerous weapons, or other activities that affect the safety of visitors, campers, trail users, or the natural or historic resources of the property.

(c) Determining and posting conditions of use pursuant to subdivisions (a) and (b) may not be considered the adoption of regulations within the meaning of the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code).

(d) (1) The conditions of use and types of uses of property owned or subject to the management of the conservancy are considered to be of statewide significance. The types of uses and the management policies affecting those uses shall be consistent with the policies for permitted uses of lands within the state park system.

(2) Notwithstanding any other law, ordinance, rule, or regulation, the conservancy may exercise its discretion in determining whether to authorize any license, permit for special use, easement, project, activity, or other entitlement to be undertaken by the conservancy or its agents, for the use of conservancy owned or managed land. This subdivision shall not be construed to restrict the authority of the conservancy to lease lands consistent with the purposes of this division and the requirements of Section 33206.

(Amended by Stats. 2002, Ch. 595, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2003.)