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Meeting Date: September 13, 2005

Subject/Title: Informational report regarding consideration of property across from the Brentwood Family Aquatic Complex as a future park site.

Prepared by: Ken De Silva, Parks Manager
Poldina Scherff, Recreation Manager

Submitted by: Craig D. Bronzan, Director of Parks and Recreation

Accept the informational report.

At the June 28, 2005 City Council meeting, Council Member Bob Brockman requested a future agenda item concerning consideration of the property across from the Brentwood Family Aquatic Complex as a future park site.

Park and Recreation staff met with staff from Engineering, Community Development, and Finance and Information Services to complete this informational staff report. The request was to consider the possibility of utilization of the property across the street to the east of the Brentwood Family Aquatic Complex for a future park site. In researching this consideration, the following has been determined related to this property:

• The property has two owners.

• The property is 42.24 acres, and originally included what are now Brentwood Elementary School, Veterans Park, the Brentwood Family Aquatic Complex/Brentwood Skate Park, and the Griffith Road extension.

• The City purchased 17 acres in 1998/99 for the aquatic, skateboard, and park sites, having to condemn the property for the purchase. If the City were to want to purchase the 42.24 acres, it is expected that the City would have to go to eminent domain to purchase the property, as the owners have not been willing sellers in the past.

• 127.5 feet of easement currently exists approximately in the middle of the 42.24 acres.

• The 42.24 acres is currently zoned Single Family Residential with a mid-range density of 3-units per acre, which would equate to approximately 127 low-density units. It is staff’s opinion of value, based on comparable sales, that the 42.24 acres would have a minimum value of $175,000 per acre.

• Current owners could request a re-zone of the parcel from residential to commercial which could be expected to raise the value of the property to approximately $400,000 per acre. It also could be split with residential and commercial with the possibility of an even higher per acre value.

• The City’s Facility Fee Program values parks, trails, and open space land at a reimbursable rate of $100,000/acre and $153,241/acre for development of parks.

• This property is included in the City’s remaining residential unit inventory at 127 units. Purchasing the land for a public use would mean the loss of approximately $4,500,000 in facility fees that would have to be accounted for by an unknown source.

• The City’s standard of 5-acres of park land per thousand population is the basis for the Development Fee Program as it relates to Park Facility Fees. The City cannot use Park Facilities Fees in excess of the 5-acre per 1,000 population. As a result, if the City decided to use this 42.24 acres parcel as a park in order to use Park Facilities Fees, park acres in other areas of the City would have to be reduced by 42.24 acres.

• Other than the 10-acre Blackhawk Park on Fairview Avenue and the 13-acre Sand Creek Park on Fairvew Avenue at Sand Creek Road, all other large parks have already been built for the anticipated build out of the community.

• There is currently no source identified aside from Park Facility Fees that the City uses for the development of park sites.

It is estimated that purchase and development of this property as a park would cost between $7,392,000 to $16,896,000 for acquisition and $6,436,122 for development of the property as a park. Park Development Fees could only be used if 42.24 acres of parks were reduced somewhere else in the City. No other source has been identified to pay for park acquisition or development.

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