Williamson Act easement exchange legislation became effective January 1, 1998. It provides a voluntary rescission process for local entities and landowners to cancel a Williamson Act (WA) contract and simultaneously dedicate a permanent agricultural conservation easement on other land. A board or council must make specified findings in order to cancel a contract. The easement value on the easement parcel must be equal to or greater than the cancellation fee required to cancel the contract. In addition, the land to be placed under an easement must be of equal size or larger than the Williamson Act contracted land. Williamson Act easement dedications must meet criteria established under the California Farmland Conservancy Program (CFCP), the Department’s agricultural land conservation easement program.
For a two-page, printable Fact Sheet, click here (PDF, 99 kb).
Example easement exchange language is also available (Word, 90 kb).
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