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CHAPTER 928, STATUTES OF 1976 - AB 2842

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Several Government Code sections were affected with the legislative approval of Assembly Bill 2842.  (See Exhibit #1g)  The measure was introduced on January 26, 1976 by Assembly member Larry Chimbole.  (See Exhibit #1a)  The California Association of Realtors sponsored Assembly Bill 2842 as its omnibus Map Act bill for that year.  (See Exhibit #12, document PE-13) Assembly Bill 2842 resulted from hearings held by the Assembly Committee on Local Government on the subject of the 1974 revision of the Subdivision Map Act in September of 1975.  (See Exhibits #6 and #12, document PE-5)


While before the Legislature, the measure was heard by the Assembly and Senate Committees on Local Government.  (See Exhibits #3 and #6) The Assembly proposed three amendments to the bill and the Senate proposed one amendment.  (See Exhibits #1b through #1e)  When Assembly Bill 2842 was returned to the Assembly, the Senate’s amendments were reviewed and rejected.  Consequently, Assembly Bill 2842 was assigned to a Conference Committee.  (See Exhibit #2)  The purpose of a Conference Committee is to bring together six legislators, three from each House, in an attempt to reach a compromise on a bill’s language that is acceptable to both Houses. 


The Conference Committee made amendments to Assembly Bill 2842 in a conference report dated August 23, 1976, which were accepted by the Legislature.  (See Exhibits #1f and #2)  Assembly Bill 2842 was thereafter approved by former Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., on September 13, 1976 and was recorded by the Secretary of State as Chapter 928 of the Statutes of 1976.  (See Exhibits #1g and #2) 


A brief description of Assembly Bill 2842 was found in the Third Reading analysis prepared by the Senate Democratic Caucus, which stated:


This bill makes changes relating to the subdivisions of property,

including changes in the merger of parcels, owners of mineral rights, and conditions for certificates of compliance. 

The bill provides for a conditional certificate of compliance and

requires that local agencies notify a property owner in writing of the time and place he or she may present evidence to the legislative or advisory body concerning the recording of a subdivision violation.

The bill also requires that the notice of violation required to be

filed with the county recorder be designated as “tentative,” so if the owner provides evidence that no violation occurred, it can be withdrawn by filing a release with the recorder.

The bill would authorize a local agency to require that the

improvements required as a condition of approval of a parcel map be completed within a reasonable amount of time following approval of a parcel map if certain findings are made by the appropriate local agency.

(See Exhibit #8)