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  ( Division 7 added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1471, Sec. 1. )

CHAPTER 3. Administration [8620 - 8633]
  ( Chapter 3 added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1471, Sec. 1. )


Acquisitions may be made by negotiated agreement with the owners of the outstanding interests. No provision of this division is intended to confer any authority to exercise the power of eminent domain for the purposes of this division.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1471, Sec. 1.)


The purchase price shall not exceed the fair market value of the outstanding interests to be acquired. Prior to any such acquisition the trustee shall review the evidence and applicable law and shall determine whether the state may have any right, title, or interest therein and deduct from the economic value of the acquisition the value of any such state interest.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1471, Sec. 1.)


As soon as practicable after initiating a title and parcel acceptability study for possible acquisition pursuant to this division, the trustee shall mail a “Notice of Potential Land Bank Acquisition” to the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, the State Coastal Conservancy, the district office of the United States Army Corps of Engineers for the district in which the real property is located, other persons, entities, or public agencies who have previously requested to be placed on the mailing list for the notices, and any others deemed appropriate by the trustee. The notice shall contain a “Plat of Potential Land Bank Parcel,” showing the approximate location, character, and size of the parcel.

(Amended by Stats. 2018, Ch. 742, Sec. 15. (SB 1493) Effective January 1, 2019.)


The trustee shall make all reasonable attempts to acquire the mineral and other subsurface rights in any acquisition pursuant to this division. In the event the trustee is unable to acquire the mineral and other subsurface rights, the trustee may purchase the parcel subject to the reserved subsurface rights upon the trustee expressly finding that: (1) a reasonable attempt has been made to acquire the subsurface rights without success, (2) it is unlikely that the subsurface rights can be acquired within the provisions of this division, (3) the outstanding subsurface rights are not likely to unreasonably damage or interfere with the contemplated public trust uses for the parcel, and (4) the public benefits to be derived from acquisition are so substantial that acquisition of the parcel without the subsurface rights is in the best interests of the state for the public purposes set forth in this division.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1471, Sec. 1.)


The trustee shall have the exclusive jurisdiction and authority to administer the fund and the interests in real property acquired pursuant to this division, including the selection, acquisition, and conveyance of real property by the trustee as provided in this division, provided that the trustee shall solicit and consider the comments and recommendations of other state, federal, and local public agencies and members of the public, prior to any such selection, acquisition, and conveyance.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1471, Sec. 1.)


(a) The consideration passing to the state in title settlements may consist, in whole or in part, of monetary payments to the trustee for deposit into the fund that are subject to a statutory trust limiting their use exclusively to the purchase of interests in a Land Bank Fund parcel and conveyance of those interests to the state pursuant to Section 8626 as soon as practicable thereafter.

(b) A project applicant may donate moneys for deposit to the fund for purposes of mitigation with the approval of the agency responsible for approving the project and the trustee shall accept the donation if land is held by the trustee for those purposes. A donation so deposited is subject to a statutory trust limiting its use exclusively to the identified mitigation.

(c) Any party may deposit moneys into the fund for purposes of specified or unspecified projects to provide for access to or management and improvement of real property held by the trustee to provide open space, habitat for plants and animals, and public access.

(Amended by Stats. 2010, Ch. 159, Sec. 2. (SB 1488) Effective January 1, 2011.)


Upon acceptance of a conveyance pursuant to Section 8627 the trustee shall thereafter convey to the state a parcel or other interest therein, whose economic value determined pursuant to Section 8621 is equal to the payment made.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1471, Sec. 1.)


The state, in its sovereign capacity, shall accept any such conveyance, and the land shall thereafter be held by the state as land of the legal character of tide and submerged lands subject to the public trust under the jurisdiction of the commission pursuant to the provisions of Division 6 (commencing with Section 6001).

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1471, Sec. 1.)


The commission shall accept the conveyances on the part of the state and shall authorize their acknowledgment and recordation.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1471, Sec. 1.)


Until expended for acquisitions in accordance with the provisions of this division, moneys in the fund shall be deposited in the Pooled Money Investment Fund and the interest deposited in the fund.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1471, Sec. 1.)


In addition to the purchase price to be paid, the costs and expenses attributable to the acquisition may be payable from the fund, provided that such costs shall not exceed 5 percent of the expended funds.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1471, Sec. 1.)


The provisions of this division shall not be subject to the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (commencing with Section 21000 of the Public Resources Code), the Subdivision Map Act (commencing with Section 66410 of the Government Code), or the Property Acquisition Law (commencing with Section 15850 of the Government Code).

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1471, Sec. 1.)


Nothing in this division shall be construed to impair the ability of any other state agency from acquiring lands for wetlands restoration and enhancement.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1471, Sec. 1.)


Nothing in this division relieves the trustee or its successors in interest from any requirement to obtain state permits, licenses, or approvals otherwise required for work, activities, or uses conducted on any real property acquired pursuant to this division.

(Added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1471, Sec. 1.)

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