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County Charter
The County Charter is a legislative document adopted by the people of the County of Santa Clara.  The Charter provides for the creation of the County and defines its powers and privileges and facilities the governing of the County.  The County Charter also provides the framework to promote equal justice and enable the elected and appointed officers of the County to meet the social, economic, physical and economic needs and goals of the people.
 
County Ordinance Code
The Board of Supervisors may act by ordinance, resolution or order.  If the action is legislative in character or is required by state statute or County Charter, it should be accomplished by Ordinance.  An ordinance is a local law authorized by Article XI, Section 7 of the California Constitution, which states:  “A county or city may make and enforce within its limits all local, police, sanitary, and other ordinances and regulations not in conflict with general laws.”  County ordinances apply to the unincorporated areas of the County and those areas within the corporate limits of any city where the County has jurisdiction by law, by reason of ownership of property, or pursuant to an agreement with a city within the territorial limits of the County.
 
Rules of the Board of Supervisors
The Rules of the Board of Supervisors were first adopted on May 9, 1972 to implement certain controls and business processes regarding the conduct and structure of Board and Committee meetings. 
These rules shall apply to the Board of Supervisors of the County of Santa Clara whether sitting as the Board of Supervisors of the County or as the governing board of any other government agency.
 
 
Williamson Act
The California Land Conservation Act (Williamson Act) was enacted by the State Legislature in 1965 as a means of preserving California's Prime agricultural lands from urbanization. Since it was enacted, the Act has been amended several times to allow its use not only to protect prime agricultural lands, but most other types of open space lands as well.