City's Purchase of Open Space

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Continuing our overview of City Council Accomplishments in 2013-2014, we will now focus on the City's purchase of land for Open Space in the Brisbane Acres.

At its February 4, 2013 meeting, the City Council met in closed session to discuss the possible acquisition of Brisbane Acres Lot 98.  The owner had contacted the City the year prior to see if the City was interested in purchasing the property, an unimproved parcel approximately one acre in size.  As shown in the below map (click to enlarge), Lot 98 is within the Priority Preservation Area identified in the Open Space Plan, and indicated by the yellow border lines.

During the closed session, staff was authorized to begin negotiations with the property owner on price and terms of a purchase.  The owner agreed to sell the property for $78,750, which is comparable to prices paid by the City for similar parcels in that area and was within the price parameters authorized by the Council. 

The City Attorney then prepared a purchase agreement, which was signed by the City Manager and sent to the seller.  The purchase offer was signed and accepted by the owner and returned to the City in late February.  At their meeting of March 18, 2013, the City Council approved Resolution No. 2013-06, which ratified the purchase agreement.  With escrow closing in November 2013, the City had just purchased its latest Open Space parcel, preserving an additional acre of open space and endangered species habitat in the Brisbane Acres!  Actions such as these truly affirm the City Council's desire and willingness to preserve critial open space lands in the hopes that future generations can one day enjoy them as well.