Assemblyman pointed out, “It’s unreasonable for the state to punish these landowners for having property that isn’t connected to a municipal water system.”    

 

2016 Blue Fire Landowners

Water Rights Protection





 

     

Thursday February 9, 2017, Sacramento, California State Assembly ____ Assemblyman Jay Obernolte, R-Hesperia, introduced two bills that would protect landowners by allowing them to build on their own land.   

Last year, the Governor signed into law Senate Bill 1263, which prohibits the permitting of a single home or cabin where the source of water supply is hauled water. That bill was retroactive in nature, ultimately rendering the land worthless by taking away California landowners’ ability to build on land located in areas without adequate water infrastructure. Assembly Bill 366 would exempt property owners of existing parcels from this law and allow them to build on their property, even if legally obtained hauled water is the listed source of water.   

“This Bill is vital to protect those property owners who purchased land before the provisions in SB 1263 take effect. My constituents and other rural Californians should have the right to build a home on their own land,” said Assemblyman Obernolte. “It’s unreasonable for the state to punish these landowners for having property that isn’t connected to a municipal water system.”   

Assemblyman Obernolte also introduced AB 367 which focuses specifically on ensuring a home destroyed by fire is allowed to be rebuilt.   

“Last year my District was devastated by the Blue Cut Fire,” Assemblyman Obernolte said. “This Assembly Bill 366 is crucial to allow homeowners who rely on hauled water to rebuild their home if it is tragically destroyed by a fire.”

Assemblyman Jay Obernolte represents the 33rd Assembly District, which includes the San Bernardino County communities of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Baker, Barstow, Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake, Big River, Crestline, Fort Irwin, Hesperia, Johnson Valley, Lake Arrowhead, Lenwood, Lucerne Valley, Needles, Oak Hills, Phelan, Running Springs, Silver Lakes, Trona, Twentynine Palms Base, Twin Peaks and Victorville.