COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
Deed of Easement – Lickinghole Basin
Request to approve easement agreement with RWSA establishing a County park at Lickinghole Basin
Tucker, White, Kamptner, Mullaney, Mahon
LEGAL REVIEW: Yes
October 6, 2004
ACTION: X INFORMATION:
The Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority owns and maintains a 69 acre property in the Crozet growth area which includes a regional sediment detention facility known as Lickinghole Basin. The property has long been considered a potential site for future recreational use and that was confirmed during the recent Crozet master planning effort. The parks and recreation department has deferred requesting establishment of a County park at this location until suitable public access to the site could be obtained. Pending Board approval of two agreements with private property owners being considered concurrently with this request, and acceptance of an existing outstanding proffer with Western Ridge, public access can be achieved with a trail head at Crozet Park.
Goal 2.2: Protect and/or preserve the County’s natural resources
Goal 3.3: Develop and implement policies that address the County’s growth and urbanization while continuing to enhance the factors that contribute to the quality of life in the County.
Goal 4.2: Fund County services in a fair, efficient manner and improve needed public facilities and infrastructure.
There are seven recommendations in the Crozet Master Plan for the development of The Crozet – East area. Two of those recommendations are to explore and develop potential access points to Lickinghole Creek Basin and to establish a greenway trail from Lickinghole Basin to Crozet Park and downtown. Approval of this request is critical to achieving those recommendations. It is important to note that Lickinghole Basin has already become a destination for hiking, fishing, and other less desirable uses. Formalizing the use of this property as a park is directly in line with Chapter 2, Natural Resources and Cultural Assets, of the Albemarle County Comprehensive Plan, and in particular, its objectives to coordinate stormwater management with other programs, to protect wetlands from inappropriate uses, and to coordinate recreation and water supply planning. The primary responsibility for maintenance and supervision of the area will be shared by existing parks and recreation staff, the new community inmate workforce program, and Crozet area trail volunteers. Additional costs to the County for the operation of this park will be minimal.
The Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority Board received a presentation on the proposed recreational use in October of 2003. The proposed deed of easement has been reviewed by the Authority’s attorney, and subject to minor changes, it is ready to be approved. A draft of the deed of easement is attached.
Staff recommends that the Board approve the proposed easement and authorize the County Executive to sign the deed of easement on behalf of the County after the deed has been approved by the County Attorney with any necessary changes.
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