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  • Supervisors accept land donation to County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Department

    Jul 11, 2017 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Board of Supervisors approved 5-0 at its July 11 meeting the donation of 374 acres of open space land in Marana to the county’s Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Department

    Pacific International Properties donated the property northwest of Twin Peaks Road and east of I-10. The donor was granted rezoning for three projects it wishes to develop upon the condition that it conserve land of similar habitat value at another location to mitigate any impact its development will have on lands located in the Conservation Lands System (CLS) and to protect the Avra Valley-I-10 Critical Landscape Connections.

    The CLS was developed for Pima County’s Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan by the county’s science technical advisory team, which included scientists from federal and state agencies, the University of Arizona, and non-governmental organization biologists. 
    One element of the CLS is Critical Landscape Connections -- areas that link large reserves or preserve areas but which also contain potential or existing barriers that tend to isolate major conservation areas.

    The county appraiser issued a budget estimate putting the fair market value of the property at $937,500. At closing, the developer plans to pay the county $15,000, which will assist the county in fencing the property as well as an additional $6,000 for its first annual endowment payment. The annual endowment payment will be placed in a Special Revenue Fund to be established by NRPR in order to fund future expenses in connection with County’s ownership and maintenance of the Property. The payment will increase each year based on the increase in the Consumer Price Index.

    “Urban open space is really hard to come by,” said Chris Cawein, NRPR director. “This is a fine example of the public and private sectors collaborating to conserve urban open space so it can serve as a viable and sustainable asset in a populated area. The donation provides an opportunity to increase the quality of life for the community and provide connectivity and habitat for wildlife.” 

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