Williamson Act To Face Scrutiny In Solar Land Use Suit

Law360, New York (July 10, 2012, 9:57 PM EDT) -- California's lofty renewable energy goals have prompted a new wave of power projects in the Golden State, pitting farmers of the solar variety against traditional growers in a battle for acreage that experts say could warrant a review of the state's agricultural conservation policy.

At the heart of the tug-of-war is the California Land Conservation Act of 1965, better known as the Williamson Act, which offers substantial tax breaks to private landholders who designate parcels for agricultural and open space use — and poses a stumbling...
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