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Parks Advisory Board made recommendations on Big Thompson Properties

Report by David Coulson from Larimer County Parks 11/8/11 board minutes
At the November 8, 2011 Larimer County Parks Advisory Board meeting the Board recommend to the County commissioners that the staff recommendations for Area 3 and Area 17 of the Big Thompson Canyon flood properties.

Area 3 (Upstream from Big Thompson Elementary)

Staff recommends the retention of all ownership and provide for public access to the center of the river.

Area 17 Downstream from Glen Comfort 8 parcels totaling 10 acres +/-

Staff recommends the potential sale or trade a portion of or all of one lot to an adjacent owner that has a water well and gazebo located on a County lot. The County will retain from the center of the river up to a 10 foot wide strip above the top of the river bank for public access.

Staff recommends that we sell the large parcel 5.72 acres as a buildable lot. The County will retain the river and land on the south side of the river where the current large parking area is located.

In order to properly establish a value of the acreage staff proposes that we contact an engineering firm to assess the feasibility of building on this parcel.

Access to this parcel needs to be further evaluated. It appears that the previous owner accessed their home or business from the Hwy 34, not as it is currently is accessed. To sell as a buildable parcel it may require an easement from the Forest Service to obtain access to the proposed building site area.

Staff recommends that we offer the sale of this parcel on a sealed bid basis open to the public with a minimum bid to be established after all relevant factors are evaluated.

The full meeting minutes can be viewed at

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