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.”
Blue Fire Landowners
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.
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.
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.”
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.