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File #: 20-6300   
Type: Real Property Acquisition
In control: City Council A Session
On agenda: 11/12/2020
Posting Language: Ordinance approving the acquisition of a conservation easement over the Edwards Aquifer Contributing Zone on a 1,603.19 acre tract of land known as the Brown Ranch in Kendall County from SST Brown Family Partnership, Ltd., at a cost of $5,141,740.57, to be funded from the Edwards Aquifer Land Acquisition - 2015 Venue Projects Fund included in the FY 2021 – FY 2026 Capital Improvement Program. [Colleen M. Bridger, MPH, PhD, Assistant City Manager; Homer Garcia III, Director, Parks and Recreation]
Attachments: 1. Draft Conservation Easement for Brown Ranch, 2. Contracts Disclosure Form - Stuart Brown for SST Brown Family Partnership, Ltd., 3. Map, 4. Draft Ordinance, 5. Ordinance 2020-11-12-0828
DEPARTMENT: Parks and Recreation


DEPARTMENT HEAD: Homer Garcia III, Director


COUNCIL DISTRICTS IMPACTED: City Wide


SUBJECT:

Edwards Aquifer Protection Program Acquisitions


SUMMARY:

Consideration of an ordinance authorizing payment in the amount of $5,141,740.57 to Corridor Title as escrow agent for title on a conservation easement, due diligence and closing costs on a 1,603.19 acre tract of land known as the Brown Ranch located in Kendall County, to be funded from the Edwards Aquifer Land Acquisition - 2015 Venue Projects Fund included in the FY 2021 - FY 2026 Capital Improvement Program.

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 1,603.19 acre Brown Ranch is located over the Edwards Aquifer Contributing Zone in Kendall 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 including the headwaters of Cibolo Creek. The Brown Ranch is located within the Cibolo Creek watershed which contributes to significant re...

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