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  Consent-Community Services   # 32.       
Community Services  
Meeting Date: 12/07/2021  
Brief Title:    Expand Agricultural Preserve No. 041 and Approve New Williamson Act Contract
From: Taro Echiburu, Director, Department of Community Services
Staff Contact: Stephanie Cormier, Principal Planner, Community Services, x8041

Subject
Adopt resolution that expands Agricultural Preserve No. 041 to allow for the execution of a new Williamson Act contract on an approximately 215.58-acre agricultural property (APN: 062-020-012) that is planted in almonds and contains natural habitat. (No general fund impact) (Echiburu/Cormier)
Recommended Action
  1. Determine that the project is categorically exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and CEQA Guidelines (Att. A.);
     
  2. Adopt the Resolution (Att. B.) to expand Agricultural Preserve No. 041 to include the subject parcel (APN: 062-020-012) and surrounding parcels (APNs: 062-020-015, -017, -019, -023, -024, -025), totaling approximately 607.85 acres as shown in Exhibit 1 to Attachment B; and
     
  3. Approve a new Agreement to enroll the 215.58-acre parcel into the Williamson Act and authorize the Chair to sign the new Williamson Act contract (Att. C.).
Strategic Plan Goal(s)
Flourishing Agriculture
Reason for Recommended Action/Background
The California Land Conservation Act (a.k.a. Williamson Act) statutes require that all new contracts be included within established Agricultural Preserves. There are approximately 97 Agricultural Preserves in the unincorporated area of Yolo County, most of which were established in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and some of which have been expanded to enroll new lands. In order for the subject property to be enrolled and a new Williamson Act contract to be executed, Agricultural Preserve No. 041 must be expanded to include the 215.58-acre parcel. Staff is also proposing that the adjacent properties surrounding the subject parcel be included in the Agricultural Preserve should the property owners choose to enroll in the Williamson Act in the future (see Exhibit 1 in Attachment B).

The subject property adequately meets the County's eligibility criteria for establishing contracts under the Williamson Act, which is supported by the 2030 Countywide General Plan's goals and policies for conserving, preserving, and enhancing agricultural lands. Staff recommends the Board to adopt the Resolution to expand Agricultural Preserve No. 041 and approve a new Agreement to enroll the 215.58-acre parcel into the Williamson Act.
Collaborations (including Board advisory groups and external partner agencies)
The Office of the County Counsel has approved the resolution and new Williamson Act contract as to form.

Fiscal Impact
No Fiscal Impact
Fiscal Impact (Expenditure)
Total cost of recommended action:    $   0
Amount budgeted for expenditure:    $  
Additional expenditure authority needed:    $  
On-going commitment (annual cost):    $  
Source of Funds for this Expenditure
$0
Attachments
Att. A. Notice of Exemption
Att. B. Resolution
Att. C. Williamson Act Agreement

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Form Review
Inbox Reviewed By Date
Eric May Lupita Ramirez 11/24/2021 03:33 PM
Taro Echiburu Taro Echiburu 11/29/2021 10:20 AM
County Counsel Hope Welton 11/29/2021 10:24 AM
Madison York Madison York 11/29/2021 10:53 AM
Elisa Sabatini Elisa Sabatini 11/29/2021 12:01 PM
Form Started By: Stephanie Cormier Started On: 11/05/2021 01:18 PM
Final Approval Date: 11/29/2021

    

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