California Land Conservation “Williamson” Act Program Modification Pursuant to Government Code Section 15244(b)


SCH Number
Public Agency
Kings County
Document Title
California Land Conservation “Williamson” Act Program Modification Pursuant to Government Code Section 15244(b)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
In July 2011, the California Legislature enacted Assembly Bill 1265 which amended Section 51244 of the California Government Code. The change authorized counties to reduce the terms of “Williamson” Act and Farmland Security Zone contracts to 9 and 18 years respectively, resulting in a 10% reduction in the landowners’ property tax relief. The legislation was to expire on January 1, 2016; however, in September 2014, the State Legislature amended Section 51244 to eliminate the expiration date and allow a jurisdiction to implement the contract reductions in any year that subvention funds are not received.

Contact Information

Noelle Tomlinson
Agency Name
Kings County Community Development Agency
Job Title
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


unincorporated area
Other Location Info
Various parcels under California Land Conservation "Williamson" Act contract or Farmland Security Zone contract throughout the unincorporated Kings County

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 17, Section 15317
Reasons for Exemption
Section 15317 of the California Environmental Quality Act & CEQA Guidelines states that Class 17 includes the establishment of agricultural preserves and the making and renewing of open space contracts under the Williamson Act. In addition, none of the special circumstances in CEQA Guidelines Section 15300.2 apply.
County Clerk


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