RESOLUTION NO. _____________
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, COUNTY OF SAN MATEO, STATE OF CALIFORNIA
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RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PLANNING AND BUILDING DEPARTMENT TO FILE A NOTICE OF NON-RENEWAL OF CALIFORNIA LAND CONSERVATION CONTRACTS (EN MASSE) PURSUANT TO THE CALIFORNIA LAND CONSERVATION ACT OF 1965 (WILLIAMSON ACT) FOR THE
RESOLVED, by the Board of Supervisors of the County of San Mateo, State of California, that
WHEREAS, in 1965 the State Legislature enacted the California Land Conservation Act (Williamson Act) which authorizes local governments to enter into contracts with private landowners for the purposes of restricting development to agricultural, open space, and recreational related uses on specific parcels in exchange for reduced property tax assessments; and
WHEREAS, certain private landowners and the County have entered into such contracts; and
WHEREAS, in 2007, the California Department of Conservation conducted an audit of San Mateo County’s Williamson Act contracts; and
WHEREAS, in response to the Department of Conservation’s audit findings, the Planning and Building Department has identified 128 Williamson Act-contracted parcels that appear to be non-compliant with the Williamson Act because there is no commercial agriculture on these parcels, the parcels’ owners have not submitted evidence that commercial agriculture takes place on the parcels, or the parcels’ current zoning forecloses commercial agriculture; and
WHEREAS, the Planning and Building Department has recommended that this Board authorize the recordation of a Notice of Non-Renewal of California Land Conservation Contracts (en masse) pursuant to Section 51245 of the California Land Conservation Act of 1965 for the 128 identified non-compliant contracted parcels; and
WHEREAS, the Board, having considered staff’s recommendation and the materials submitted in connection with this matter, including the above-referenced Notice of Non-Renewal, desires to execute this Notice and authorize staff to record it.
NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY DETERMINED AND ORDERED AS FOLLOWS: That the Planning and Building Department is hereby authorized and directed to execute the Notice of Non-Renewal of California Land Conservation Contract for the identified parcels.
IT IS FURTHER DETERMINED AND ORDERED that County staff shall take all appropriate action to ensure recordation of the Notice of Non-Renewal.
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