Supervisors approve reduction of Rancho California agriculture preserve area

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The Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved a reduction in the amount of land within a Rancho California agricultural preserve. The supervisors’ 5-0 vote, Dec. 10, reduced the preserve on the specific property from 21.43 to 16.33 acres while also adopting the environmental Mitigated Negative Declaration for diminishing the preserve by 5.1 acres. The property had been part of a preserve totaling 91.37 acres, which will be reduced to 86.27 acres. The supervisors’ action did not approve the winery and associated facilities which are the proposed alternate use for the land; that application will be processed separately. In 1965, California passed the Williamson Act which allows landowners to sign contracts agreeing to restrict their land to agricultural or other open space us
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