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File #: 20-5055   
Type: Real Property Acquisition
In control: City Council A Session
On agenda: 9/17/2020
Posting Language: Ordinance approving the acquisition of a conservation easement over the Edwards Aquifer Contributing Zone on a 1,181.19 acre tract of land known as the Monier Ranch in Bandera County and Medina County from Monier Ranch Ltd, at a cost of $2,367,312.15, to be funded through the voter approved 2015 Sales Tax Proposition 1 Edwards Aquifer Protection Program included in the FY 2020 – FY 2025 Capital Improvement Program. [Colleen M. Bridger, MPH, PhD, Assistant City Manager; Homer Garcia III, Director, Parks and Recreation]
Attachments: 1. Draft Conservation Easement for Monier Ranch Property, 2. Map, 3. Contracts Disclosure Form - John L. Monier, Monier Ranch, Conservation Easement Acquisition, 4. Ordinance 2020-09-17-0653
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DEPARTMENT: Parks and Recreation


DEPARTMENT HEAD: Homer Garcia III


COUNCIL DISTRICTS IMPACTED: City Wide


SUBJECT:

Edwards Aquifer Protection Program Acquisition


SUMMARY:

Consideration of an ordinance authorizing payment in the amount of $2,367,312.15, to be funded through the voter approved 2015 Sales Tax Proposition 1 Edwards Aquifer Protection Program included in the FY 2020 - FY 2025 Capital Improvement Program, to Texas Heritage Title as escrow agent for title on a conservation easement, due diligence and closing costs on a 1,181.19 acre tract of land known as the Monier Ranch located in Bandera County and Medina County.

This action also authorizes the execution of necessary documents to accomplish said acquisition.


BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

The purpose of the Edwards Aquifer Protection Program is to obtain property rights by fee simple purchase, conservation easements or donations of land over the sensitive zones of the Edwards Aquifer. This program was initiated in May 2000 when voters approved Proposition 3, a 1/8-cent sales tax venue up to $45 million for the acquisition of lands over the Edwards Aquifer for parks and watershed protection. Proposition 3 ran from 2000 through 2005 and was limited to Bexar County.

The 2005 Proposition 1 program was an extension of the initial voter-approved Edwards Aquifer protection endeavor and was extended by voters in 2010 and renewed again in 2015. Changes in state legislation allowed watershed protection activities to expand outside of Bexar County.

The proposed purchase of a conservation easement on the 1,181.19 acre Monier Ranch is located over the Edwards Aquifer Contributing Zone and consists of 320.89 acres in Bandera County and 860.3 acres in Medina County. The property was initially identified through use of the Scientific Evaluation Team's GIS Spatial Model and subsequent site visits identified favorable recharge features on the properties. The Monier Ranch is located within the Hondo Cree...

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