Making Room For Renewable Energy In Calif.

Law360, New York (April 23, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The California legislature has enacted numerous laws designed to protect California's natural resources for future generations of Californians. The California Land Conservation Act of 1965, more commonly known as the Williamson Act, was enacted for the purpose of preserving agricultural land in California.

The Williamson Act authorizes cities and counties to establish agricultural preserves within which landowners may elect to enter into contracts with minimum 10-year rolling terms that restrict land use to agricultural and agricultural “compatible” uses in exchange for preferential property tax treatment ("Williamson...
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