Forced to Farm? California Lawsuit Raises Question

September 21, 2017 01:10 PM

A new lawsuit in California is asking the question if county government can force producers to keep farming in order to keep your own land.

The Pacific Legal Foundation is stepping in to defend Willie Benedetti, owner of Benedetti Farms and Wille Bird Turkeys.

He wants to build a house on his land for his son, but Marin County’s new land use plan requires landowners who currently use their land for agricultural purposes to remain “actively and directly engaged” in agriculture in perpetuity.

For Benedetti, that would mean he must choose between working forever or retiring and giving up his property. He is suing the county and the California Coastal Commission for this unconstitutional condition on his right to use his property.

“We’re not talking about environmental issues—we’re talking about building a house, and then I have to stay in agriculture to see that it will get done,” said Benedetti.

Litigation is ongoing in the Marin County Superior Court.

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Spell Check

Tony Mann
Wichita Falls, TX
9/22/2017 07:13 AM

  What else would you expect with a state run by Democrats

Douglas Street
Newton, KS
9/21/2017 10:25 PM

  Sounds like a very narrow mis-interpretation of the intent of the law / reg!

Green Fields Project
Somewhere, WI
9/22/2017 07:53 AM

  This sounds like something called "Smart Growth". Mr. Benedetti is lucky that he wasn't required to build a third house for low income families.


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