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  Item # C.       
Meeting Date: 04/04/2018  
Requested by: Bayer Vella
Submitted By: Milini Simms, Community Development & Public Works
Department: Community Development & Public Works  

Information
SUBJECT:
Resolution No. (R)18-13, approving the dedication of Big Wash Trailhead, including vehicular and trail access, and Trail No. 180, located north of Tangerine Road and within the Rancho Vistoso Boulevard loop
RECOMMENDATION:
Staff recommends approval.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:
The purpose of this request is to consider the proposed dedication (Attachment 1) of Big Wash Trailhead, including vehicular and trail access, and Trail No. 180 located north of Tangerine Road and within the Rancho Vistoso Boulevard loop (Attachment 2). The existing recreational staging area (Big Wash Trailhead) is located on private property and currently has a temporary easement for public use.

The section of Trail No. 180 being dedicated is only the portion located south of  Rancho Vistoso Boulevard, not the private section located north of Rancho Vistoso Boulevard. This section has an existing WAPA easement, which must continue to be maintained.

Dedication of both items will provide permanent connections to the larger trail network. As such, they were included as conditions of approval when the property was rezoned in December 2017. The conditions required dedication be completed within 120 days of the rezoning approval (approved on 12/6/2017). 

There are some final steps to be completed prior to the Town's acceptance of a clean title report and conveyance of the trailhead.
As such and included in Attachment 1, is the authorization for the Town Manager or designees to take these necessary administrative steps to accept the dedication and execute the terms of the associated deed and easement.
BACKGROUND OR DETAILED INFORMATION:
Prior Approvals
  • 1987- Property included in the Rancho Vistoso Planned Area Development and annexed into Oro Valley.
  • 2009- Major General Plan Amendment approved for this specific area.
  • 2017- Type 1 (major) General Plan Amendment and Rezoning approved for this Big Wash area, reconfiguring the uses.
Both Big Wash Trailhead and Trail No.180 are located north of Tangerine Road, within the Rancho Vistoso Boulevard Loop. Specifically, Trail No.180 is located along the WAPA power line (Attachment 2) and will be available for use as a permanent, non-motorized public access to the larger trail network. The section being dedicated is only the portion located south of Rancho Vistoso Boulevard, not the private section located north of Rancho Vistoso Boulevard. This section has an existing WAPA easement, which must continue to be maintained.

The trailhead is located on the east side of the Rancho Vistoso Blvd. loop and directly south of the proposed eastern access (Attachment 3). This recreational staging area is intended to provide bicyclists, equestrians and pedestrians with safe access to the existing trails located north of the trailhead. The following improvements were also included with the conditions of approval for the rezoning and are to be completed by the future developer through the use of recreation impact fees:
  • Improved drainage and parking infrastructure
  • Amenities such as a drinking fountain, bicycle parking, restroom, seating area and an informational kiosk
  • Informational signage
  • Connections to the Big Wash Trail
Both the trailhead and trail are part of a larger, regional trail network as evidenced by several other trails traversing the property (Attachment 2). Legal access for public use of those trails will be granted through easements during the platting process.

DISCUSSION
The property owner, VP II Loan LLC, is dedicating the Big Wash Trailhead and Trail No. 180 to the Town. As a recreational staging area and prominent trail connecting to the larger trail network, the Town's Parks and Recreation Department is best suited to continue ongoing maintenance and upkeep of the area. The dedication requires:
  • Use of the property to support and enhance the larger, regional trail network
  • Partnership between the Town and future developer for improvements to the trailhead
  • Continued maintenance of the trailhead and trail
  • No transferring of the property without prior approval of the donor
Per the rezoning conditions of approval, dedication is to be completed within 120 days of the rezoning approval (approved on 12/6/2017). However, there are some final steps to be completed prior to the Town's acceptance of a clean title and conveyance of the trailhead.

As such and included in Attachment 1, is the authorization for the Town Manager and other administrative offices, or their designees to take these necessary steps to accept the dedication and execute the terms of the associated deed and easement.
FISCAL IMPACT:
Improvements to Big Wash Trailhead (Attachment 3) will be funded using recreation impact fees from the future developer of the property and must be completed in accordance with the timeline established in the rezoning conditions of approval (for informational purposes only, see Attachment 4).
SUGGESTED MOTION:
I MOVE to APPROVE Resolution No. (R)18-13, accepting the dedication of the Big Wash Trailhead, including vehicular and trail access, and Trail No. 180 to the Town.

OR

I MOVE to DENY Resolution No. (R)18-13, approving the dedication of the Big Wash Trailhead, including vehicular and trail access, and Trail No. 180 based on the finding ______________________.
Attachments
ATTACHMENT 1 - RESOLUTION NO. (R)18-13
ATTACHMENT 2- LOCATION MAP
ATTACHMENT 3- BIG WASH TRAILHEAD IMPROVEMENTS
ATTACHMENT 4- APPROVED REZONING CONDITONS


    

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