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First Substitute H.B. 464

Representative Mark W. Walker proposes the following substitute bill:




Chief Sponsor: Mark W. Walker

Senate Sponsor: Wayne L. Niederhauser

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies county and municipal land use provisions.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    modifies the duties of the Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman to include
             13      advising the owners of landlocked property.
             14      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             15          None
             16      Other Special Clauses:
             17          None
             18      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             19      AMENDS:
             20          13-43-203, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter 258
             22      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             23          Section 1. Section 13-43-203 is amended to read:
             24           13-43-203. Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman -- Duties.
             25          (1) The Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman shall:

             26          (a) develop and maintain expertise in and understanding of takings, eminent domain,
             27      and land use law;
             28          (b) assist state agencies and local governments in developing the guidelines required by
             29      Title 63, Chapter 90a, Constitutional Taking Issues;
             30          (c) at the request of a state agency or local government, assist the state agency or local
             31      government, in analyzing actions with potential takings implications or other land use issues;
             32          (d) advise real property owners who:
             33          (i) have a legitimate potential or actual takings claim against a state or local
             34      government entity or have questions about takings, eminent domain, and land use law; or
             35          (ii) own a parcel of property that is landlocked, as to the owner's rights and options
             36      with respect to obtaining access to a public street;
             37          (e) identify state or local government actions that have potential takings implications
             38      and, if appropriate, advise those state or local government entities about those implications;
             39      and
             40          (f) provide information to private citizens, civic groups, government entities, and other
             41      interested parties about takings, eminent domain, and land use law and their rights and
             42      responsibilities under the takings, eminent domain, or land use laws through seminars and
             43      publications, and by other appropriate means.
             44          (2) The Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman may not represent private property
             45      owners, state agencies, or local governments in court or in adjudicative proceedings under Title
             46      63, Chapter 46b, Administrative Procedures Act.
             47          (3) No member of the Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman nor a neutral third
             48      party rendering an advisory opinion under Section 13-43-205 or 13-43-206 , may be compelled
             49      to testify in a civil action filed concerning the subject matter of any review, mediation, or
             50      arbitration by, or arranged through, the office.
             51          (4) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (4)(b), evidence of a review by the Office of
             52      the Property Rights Ombudsman and the opinions, writings, findings, and determinations of the
             53      Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman are not admissible as evidence in a judicial action.
             54          (b) Subsection (4)(a) does not apply to:
             55          (i) actions brought under authority of Title 78, Chapter 6, Small Claims Courts;
             56          (ii) a judicial confirmation or review of the arbitration itself as authorized in Title 78,

             57      Chapter 31a, Utah Uniform Arbitration Act;
             58          (iii) actions for de novo review of an arbitration award or issue brought under the
             59      authority of Subsection 13-43-204 (3)(a)(i); or
             60          (iv) advisory opinions provided for in Sections 13-43-205 and 13-43-206 .

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