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Streets and Highways Code - SHC

DIVISION 15. TREE PLANTING, LANDSCAPING, AND LIGHTING [22000 - 22679]

  ( Heading of Division 15 amended by Stats. 1972, Ch. 630. )

PART 2. LANDSCAPING AND LIGHTING ACT OF 1972 [22500 - 22679]

  ( Part 2 added by Stats. 1972, Ch. 630. )

CHAPTER 2. Organization of the Assessment District; Levy of First Assessment [22585 - 22613]

  ( Chapter 2 added by Stats. 1972, Ch. 630. )

ARTICLE 1. Formation of an Assessment District [22585 - 22595]
  ( Article 1 added by Stats. 1972, Ch. 630. )

22585.
  

Proceedings for the formation of an assessment district shall be initiated by resolution. The resolution shall:

(a) Propose the formation of an assessment district pursuant to this part.

(b) Describe the improvements.

(c) Describe the proposed assessment district and specify a distinctive designation for the district.

(d) Order the engineer to prepare and file a report in accordance with Article 4 (commencing with Section 22565) of Chapter 1.

The descriptions need not be detailed but shall be sufficient if they enable the engineer to generally identify the nature, location, and extent of the improvements and the location and extent of the assessment district.

(Added by Stats. 1972, Ch. 630.)

22586.
  

Upon completion, the engineer shall file the report with the clerk for submission to the legislative body. The legislative body may approve the report, as filed, or it may modify the report in any particular and approve it as modified.

(Added by Stats. 1972, Ch. 630.)

22587.
  

After approval of the report, either as filed or as modified, the legislative body shall adopt a resolution of intention. The resolution shall do all of the following:

(a) Declare the intention of the legislative body to order the formation of an assessment district, to levy and collect assessments, and, if desired, to issue bonds or notes pursuant to this part.

(b) Generally describe the improvements.

(c) Refer to the proposed assessment district by its distinctive designation and indicate the general location of the district.

(d) Refer to the report of the engineer, on file with the clerk, for a full and detailed description of the improvements, the boundaries of the assessment district and any zones therein, any bonds or notes to be issued, and the proposed assessments upon assessable lots and parcels of land within the district.

(e) Give notice of, and fix a time and place for, a hearing by the legislative body on the question of the formation of the assessment district and the levy of the proposed assessment.

(Amended by Stats. 1987, Ch. 1184, Sec. 29.)

22588.
  

The legislative body shall comply with the notice, protest, and hearing procedures in Section 53753 of the Government Code.

(Amended by Stats. 2000, Ch. 262, Sec. 54. Effective January 1, 2001.)

22591.
  

During the course or upon the conclusion of the hearing, the legislative body may order changes in any of the matters provided in the report, including changes in the improvements, the boundaries of the proposed assessment district and any zones therein, and the proposed diagram or the proposed assessment. The legislative body may, without further notice, order the exclusion of territory from the proposed district, but shall not order the inclusion of additional territory within the district except upon written request by a property owner for the inclusion of his property or upon the giving of mailed notice of hearing to property owners upon the question of the inclusion of their property in the district.

(Added by Stats. 1972, Ch. 630.)

22592.
  

Upon the conclusion of the hearing, the legislative body shall determine whether a majority protest exists. For that purpose, the extent of the territory of the proposed assessment district shall be adjusted in accordance with any orders excluding territory from or including additional territory within the district.

(Added by Stats. 1972, Ch. 630.)

22593.
  

Proceedings for the formation of the assessment district shall be abandoned if there is a majority protest, as defined in Section 53753 of the Government Code.

(Amended by Stats. 2000, Ch. 262, Sec. 57. Effective January 1, 2001.)

22594.
  

(a) If a majority protest has not been filed, the legislative body may adopt a resolution ordering the improvements and the formation of the assessment district and confirming the diagram and assessment, either as originally proposed by the legislative body or as changed by it. Except as provided in subdivision (b), the adoption of the resolution shall constitute the levy of an assessment for the fiscal year referred to in the assessment.

(b) If bonds or notes are to be issued pursuant to Section 22662.5, the adoption of the resolution shall constitute the levy of an assessment for a principal amount which may be collected in annual installments. The clerk shall record a notice and map describing the assessment pursuant to Division 4.5 (commencing with Section 3100).

(Amended by Stats. 1992, Ch. 963, Sec. 7. Effective January 1, 1993.)

22595.
  

Whenever a railroad, gas, water, or electric utility right-of-way or electric line right-of-way is included within an assessment district, the railroad, gas, water, or electric utility right-of-way or electric line right-of-way shall be included in the initiating resolution, the engineer’s report, and the resolution of intention. The railroad, gas, water, or electric utility right-of-way or electric line right-of-way shall be assessed only if, and to the extent that, it is found that it will benefit from the installation and maintenance of the proposed improvement, and the railroad, gas, water, or electric utility right-of-way or electric line right-of-way shall be subject to the same penalties, and the same procedure and sale, in the event of delinquency as other parcels in the assessment district. In determining whether or not the railroad, gas, water, or electric utility right-of-way or electric line right-of-way benefits, its use as a right-of-way for a railroad, gas, water, or electric utility shall be presumed to be permanent.

(Added by Stats. 1979, Ch. 261.)

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