Should landowners withhold any land?

Yes, if they are contemplating selling a portion of it in the near future, or if they are contemplating giving a portion of it to their children who are not connected with the farming operation in any way. Withholding land does not divide the property as required by the Subdivision Map Act. That is through a separate subdivision process. They should consider the zoning’s minimum parcel size requirements when withholding land.

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1. What is the purpose of the California Land Conservation Act (CLCA) or Williamson Act?
2. How does the Williamson Act work?
3. What is an Agricultural Preserve?
4. Who can qualify for Williamson Act?
5. Since the passage of Proposition 13, if landowners enter into an agreement, will their property taxes be reduced?
6. If there were to be a reduction, would it be for the current year's taxes?
7. What must landowners agree to do under the Williamson Act Agreement?
8. How long does the Williamson Act Agreement run?
9. How can the Williamson Act Agreement be terminated?
10. What other ways may the Williamson Act Agreement be cancelled?
11. Should landowners withhold any land?
12. Can I sell my land during the terms of the agreement?
13. How can I enter into a Williamson Act Agreement?