CMTA joins opposition against bill limiting infrastructure development

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Aug. 3, 2012 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

SB 580 (Lois Wolk, D-Davis) would prohibit land acquired for the state park system, through public funds or gifts, from being disposed of or used for other purposes incompatible with park purposes without the California Parks and Recreation Commission (CPRC) certifying the substitution of other lands that:

  • Are of equal environmental value or other value for which the park was established.
  • Provide the same or greater fair market value, as established by an approved appraisal.
  • Are within the same geographical area.
  • Provide reasonably equivalent public access and recreational value, or has reasonably equivalent natural, cultural, or historic significance.
  • Monetary compensation that is equal to or greater than the actual property value, including costs for developing facilities and improvements as “deemed necessary by the commission”

SB 580 reaches beyond CEQA and NEPA to stop necessary infrastructure projects, including utility, water or transportation improvements, from occurring within, or near, state park boundaries. In so doing, SB 580 also inhibits the flexibility of the State of California to fiscally manage the state park system at a critical time of budget shortages and agency mismanagement. The bill makes the situation worse by erecting barriers to new uses and revenue sources for our state parks. Litigation will be a likely result to resolve definitional problems created in the bill and to address abrogation of contract claims where other uses not allowed by SB 580 are part of the existing uses of park property.

The coalition opposed to the bill includes utilities, telecommunications companies, the California Building Properties Association, the California Chamber of Commerce and others.

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