Vesting Rights Exemption Procedure

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How Were the Vesting Rights Exemption Procedures Developed?


On October 22, 2013, an email was sent to over 75 addresses representing both individuals and groups that had expressed an interest in the issue of vested rights through emails, letter or testimony. The email asked the recipients to submit ideas on how they believed vested rights determinations should be made. 30 responses were received and those comments were provided to a smaller stakeholder group made up of representatives from the following organizations:

  • Resource Conservation District

  • Vineyard Team

  • Paso Robles Agricultural Alliance for Groundwater Solutions (PRAAGS)

  • Ag Commissioners Office

  • Agricultural Liaison Advisory Board (ALAB)

  • University of California Cooperative Extension

  • Farm Advisor

  • Paso Robles Groundwater Basin Overliers for Water Equity (PRO Water Equity)

  • Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance

  • Blue Ribbon Committee

  • Concerned Owners of Rural and Agricultural Lands (CORAL)

On November 6, 2013, the small stakeholder group met to discuss the comments received and came to a consensus on an approach for determining whether there was a vested right. The procedure was approved via a resolution passed by the Board of Supervisors on November 26, 2013. Read the approved language.