HCS/HB 597 - The act creates the Private Landowner Protection Act.
Conservation easements, which are easements designed to preserve open space or to protect natural or cultural resources on land, may be created, conveyed, terminated, and modified in the same manner as other types of easements. Conservation easements must be accepted and recorded by the holder before any right or duty arises from the easement. Conservation easements shall exist in perpetuity unless the easement specifies otherwise.
Conservation easements do not affect an interest in real property unless the real property owner is a party to the easement or otherwise consents.
Actions affecting a conservation easement may be brought by a landowner, the easement holder, a third-party that holds a right of enforcement as designated in the easement, or by any other person authorized by law. The act does not affect the power of a court to modify or terminate a conservation easement.
Conservation easements are valid even though they may have certain characteristics as specified in the act. The act does not invalidate any other type of lawful interest as a covenant, equitable servitude, restriction, or other easement.
This act is similar to TAT/SS/SCS/HCS/HB 89 (2011), TAT/CCS/SS/HB 458 (2011), SB 119 (2011), SB 870 (2010), and SB 381 (2009).