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Item 3E - Public Trail Easement Acquisition PresentationPUBLIC TRAIL EASEMENT ACQUISITION City Council August 17, 2021 Bethany Collins, OSMP Real Estate Supervisor PUBLIC TRAIL EASEMENT ACQUISITION Overview: •6901 N. Foothills Highway –adjacent to Beech –County property, Foothills Business Park Conservation Easement and Trail Easement, and Beech –West Open Space property •~5-10 acres @ $23,500 per acre •Up to $235,000 purchase price •Permanent easement for trail and access •Property remains under private ownership THE NORTH TRAIL STUDY AREA PLAN Impetus for the purchase of the Public Trail Easement stems from the North Trail Study Area Plan (NTSA) and the future North Sky Trail called for in the NTSA. NTSA and the Conceptual North Sky Trail Raytheon Railroad Grade Guidance from the NTSA for the North Sky Trail: -Minimize the footprint of the North Sky Trail and find an alignment that minimizes natural resource impacts. -Use existing infrastructure and trails including parts of the abandoned railroad grade. -Design drainage crossings to minimize wetland impacts and associated required mitigation. -Use best efforts to locate connector trail through the [Foothills Business Park] conservation easement. Public Trail Easement –Trail and Resource Benefits Benefits: •~5000 feet of the North Sky Trail removed from North Foothills HCA •Trail stays on the railroad grade for a longer distance •Drainage crossings are less impactful to riparian and wetland habitat as drainages are narrower •Terrain and slope favors a more sustainable trail design •Mid-trail access point for maintenance, enforcement and emergency access •Relocate and replace portions of the chain-link security fence Next Steps Public Trail Easement Acquisition •Purchase agreement •Due diligence •Easement agreement NTSA, HCA and the North Sky Trail •Refine trail alignment during design •Permitting and construction (anticipated 2022-2023) •Activation of the North Foothills HCA •Estimated 2024 trail opening PUBLIC TRAIL EASEMENT ACQUISITION QUESTIONS?