The California Land Conservation Act of 1965–commonly referred to as the Williamson Act–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.
California Agricultural Districts Enabling Statutes (The Williamson Act)
Statutes and Ordinances
Level of Government
Agricultural Districts, Annexation, Eminent Domain, Real Property Tax Relief
Cal. Gov't Code §§ 51200 to 51297.4 (2019).