CSAC Bulletin Article

Department of Conservation Hosts Williamson Act Open House

May 25, 2023

The Department of Conservation hosts monthly open house meetings on the Williamson Act. The next open house will be June 15 discussing CEQA and the Willamson Act and farmland mitigation.

CSAC encourages county staff to join the discussion to ask questions. Upcoming open house meetings include solar use, Williamson Act enrollment, monitoring and material breach, and open question meetings. Contact the department directly at LCA@conservation.ca.gov or visit the Department of Conservation website for more information.

About the Williamson Act​

The Williamson Act, also known as the California Land Conservation Act of 1965, enables local governments to enter into contracts with private landowners for the purpose of restricting specific parcels of land to agricultural or related open space use.  In return, landowners receive property tax assessments which are much lower than normal because they are based upon farming and open space uses as opposed to full market value. 

The Department of Conservation assists all levels of government, and landowners in the interpretation of the Williamson Act related government code. The Department also researches, publishes and disseminates information regarding the policies, purposes, procedures, and administration of the Williamson Act according to government code. 

Participating counties and cities are required to establish their own rules and regulations regarding implementation of the Act within their jurisdiction.  These rules include but are not limited to: enrollment guidelines, acreage minimums, enforcement procedures, allowable uses, and compatible uses.

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