The second half of the 2015-16 State legislative session resulted in four pieces of chaptered legislation directly impacting the Commission. The following summaries provide an update on these new laws, which will take effect on January 1, 2017 unless otherwise stated.
Chapter 368, Statutes of 2016 (SB 859, Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review): Public resources: greenhouse gas emissions and biomass.
This bill amends Public Resources Code section 6009.1 regarding the duties and responsibilities of grantees of Public Trust lands. SB 859 adds a new finding that a trustee of Public Trust lands may bring any action related to its granted lands, including an action to abate a public nuisance, as a representative of trust beneficiaries.
Chapter 529, Statutes of 2016 (AB 2797, Chiu): City and County of San Francisco: Mission Bay South Project: redevelopment plan.
This bill authorizes the Port of San Francisco to loan Public Trust revenues to the city of San Francisco to fund infrastructure associated with the development, if the Commission approves the loan. The bill expands the boundaries of Seawall Lot 337 (the development site) if approved by the Commission, allows non-trust lease terms at the site to start when an occupancy certificate is issued, extends the final termination dates of non-trust leases from 2094 to 2105, and makes an amalgam of findings, declarations and definitional changes.
Chapter 546, Statutes of 2016 (SB 1473, Committee on Natural Resources and Water): Natural Resources.
This bill repeals an obsolete grant to Los Angeles County that was never effectuated.
Chapter 590, Statutes of 2016 (SB 1172, Hancock): Tidelands and submerged lands: City of Albany.
This bill repeals and grants anew Public Trust lands to the city of Albany with updated terms and conditions that align with the City’s waterfront planning efforts.