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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 6.6. Open-Space Easement Act of 1974 [51070 - 51097]

  ( Chapter 6.6 added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 1003. )

ARTICLE 4. Termination of an Open-Space Easement [51090 - 51094]
  ( Article 4 added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 1003. )

51090.
  

An open-space easement for a term of years may be terminated only in accordance with the provisions of this article. An open-space easement may be terminated only by:

(a) Nonrenewal, or

(b) Abandonment.

Abandonment of an easement granted to the county or city pursuant to this chapter shall be controlled by Section 51093.

Abandonment or nonrenewal of an easement granted to a nonprofit organization pursuant to this chapter shall be effective only if approved by appropriate resolution of the governing body of such organization and such abandonment or nonrenewal initiated by a nonprofit organization has been approved by the county or city in which the land lies in the manner provided in Section 51093.

(Amended by Stats. 1977, Ch. 1178.)

51091.
  

If either the landowner or the county, city, or nonprofit organization desires in any year not to renew the open-space easement, that party shall serve written notice of nonrenewal of the easement upon the other party at least 90 days in advance of the annual renewal date of the open-space easement. Unless such written notice is served at least 90 days in advance of the renewal date, the open-space easement shall be considered renewed as provided in Section 51081.

Upon receipt by the owner of a notice from the county, city, or nonprofit organization of nonrenewal, the owner may make a written protest of the notice of nonrenewal. The county, city, or nonprofit organization may, at any time prior to the renewal date, withdraw the notice of nonrenewal.

(Amended by Stats. 1977, Ch. 1178.)

51092.
  

If the county, city, or nonprofit organization or the landowner serves notice of intent in any year not to renew the open-space easement, the existing open-space easement shall remain in effect for the balance of the period remaining since the original execution or the last renewal of the open-space easement, as the case may be.

(Amended by Stats. 1977, Ch. 1178.)

51093.
  

(a) The landowner may petition the governing body of the county or city for abandonment of any open-space easement or in the case of an open-space easement granted to a nonprofit organization pursuant to this chapter, for approval of abandonment by such organization, as to all of the subject land. The governing body may approve the abandonment of an open-space easement only if, by resolution, it finds:

(1) That no public purpose described in Section 51084 will be served by keeping the land as open space; and

(2) That the abandonment is not inconsistent with the purposes of this chapter; and

(3) That the abandonment is consistent with the local general plan; and

(4) That the abandonment is necessary to avoid a substantial financial hardship to the landowner due to involuntary factors unique to him.

No resolution abandoning an open-space easement, or approving the abandonment of an open-space easement granted to a nonprofit organization pursuant to this chapter, shall be finally adopted until the matter has been referred to the county or city planning commission, the commission has held a public hearing thereon and furnished a report on the matter to the governing body stating whether the abandonment is consistent with the local general plan and the governing body has held at least one public hearing thereon after giving 30 days’ notice thereof by publication in accordance with Section 6061 of the Government Code, and by posting notice on the land.

(b) Prior to approval of the resolution abandoning or approving the abandonment of an open-space easement, the county assessor of the county in which the land subject to the open-space easement is located shall determine the full cash value of the land as though it were free of the open-space easement. The assessor shall multiply such value by 25 percent, and shall certify the product to the governing body as the abandonment valuation of the land for the purpose of determining the abandonment fee.

(c) Prior to giving approval to the abandonment of any open-space easement, the governing body shall determine and certify to the county auditor the amount of the abandonment fee which the landowner must pay the county treasurer upon abandonment. That fee shall be an amount equal to 50 percent of the abandonment valuation of the property.

(d) Any sum collected pursuant to this section shall be transmitted by the county treasurer to the State Controller and be deposited in the State General Fund.

(e) An abandonment shall not become effective until the abandonment fee has been paid in full.

(Amended by Stats. 1977, Ch. 1178.)

51094.
  

Upon the recording in the office of the county recorder of a certified copy of a resolution abandoning or approving the abandonment of an open-space easement and reciting compliance with the provisions of Section 51093, the land subject thereto shall be deemed relieved of the easement and the covenants of the owner contained therein shall be deemed terminated; provided, however, that no certified copy of any resolution abandoning or approving the abandonment of an open-space easement shall be recorded until the abandonment fee has been paid in full.

(Amended by Stats. 1977, Ch. 1178.)

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