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DIVISION 6. PUBLIC LANDS [6001 - 8561]

  ( Division 6 added by Stats. 1941, Ch. 548. )


  ( Part 1 added by Stats. 1941, Ch. 548. )

CHAPTER 4.5. Development of State Lands [6370 - 6378]
  ( Chapter 4.5 added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1555. )


The commission, acting in concert with the Resources Agency and the Office of Planning and Research, and in cooperation with other appropriate state, federal, and local agencies, shall inventory unconveyed state school and tide and submerged lands and identify such lands which possess significant environmental values, including scenic, historic, natural, or aesthetic values of statewide interest. The commission, upon identification of such lands, shall adopt regulations necessary to assure permanent protection to these lands.

(Amended by Stats. 1973, Ch. 688.)


The Office of Planning and Research shall, for purposes of Section 6370, define “significant environmental values”, which definition shall include, but not be limited to, the criteria developed pursuant to Section 65041 of the Government Code. Such definition shall be submitted to the commission for its approval and adoption at a public hearing. The commission shall submit the adopted definition, including reasons in support of the adopted definition, to the Legislature no later than January 15, 1974.

(Added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 688.)


The commission shall submit a final report to the Legislature by January 15, 1975, which identifies those lands determined by the commission to possess significant environmental values and sets forth the applicable criteria upon which such determinations were made, including the findings and regulations adopted pursuant to Section 6370. The report shall further contain recommended additional actions necessary to assure permanent protection of such lands. In its investigation, the commission shall consider the California Protected Waterways Plan required pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 1278 of the Statutes of 1968, and any and all other reports and plans relating to the protection of scenic, historic, natural, or aesthetic values.

(Added by Stats. 1973, Ch. 688.)


Until submission of the report required in Section 6370.2 the State Lands Commission shall not sell any of the lands under its jurisdiction unless it has made a finding at a public meeting that such sale is necessary for the health, welfare or safety of the people of the state or a finding that such land would not meet the intent of environmentally significant lands indicated in Section 6370; provided, however, that this section and Sections 6372, 6373, 6374, and 6375 shall not be applicable to settlements of title and boundary problems by the commission and exchanges in connection therewith. The commission shall not lease any of the lands under its jurisdiction unless it shall have complied with the environmental impact report requirements of Division 13 (commencing with Section 21000) and rules and regulations adopted by the commission pursuant to Section 21082.

(Amended by Stats. 1973, Ch. 688.)


Before any disposition of state lands to a private party or other governmental agency, the intended recipient of such lands shall submit to the commission and to the Legislature a general plan, as specified by the commission, for the use of the subject lands to be transferred, together with the review and comments of other interested state agencies.

(Added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1555.)


It is the intent of the Legislature that any inventory prepared pursuant to this chapter shall be solely for informational purposes and not to establish rights of ownership. Any boundaries mapped or described by the commission in any such inventory shall not be binding upon any upland owner or other party affected thereby.

(Added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1555.)


The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to tidelands transferred pursuant to Chapter 1333 of the Statutes of 1968, to tidelands and submerged lands heretofore granted to the City of Long Beach or to oil revenues and dry gas revenues whose disposition is governed by Chapter 138 of the Statutes of 1964, First Extraordinary Session, or to any sovereign or other state lands transferred to the City of Oakland in trust by the state for port purposes.

(Added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1555.)


The commission shall determine the ownership of all salmon and steelhead spawning areas as designated by Section 1505 of the Fish and Game Code. All areas found to be state property shall be permanently protected by the state, and no sale, lease or disposal of material shall be made as to such areas, except that rights-of-way and easements may be granted to, and leases entered into with, public utilities for the installation, operation, and maintenance of public utility facilities unless the Director of Fish and Game shall determine that such facilities would prove deleterious to fishlife.

(Added by Stats. 1971, Ch. 1405.)

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