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PARKS: Major Policy Topics  Park development guidelines  Joint use of park and recreation facilities  Park accessibility  Park acquisition priorities.

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1 PARKS: Major Policy Topics  Park development guidelines  Joint use of park and recreation facilities  Park accessibility  Park acquisition priorities  Park acquisition mechanisms  Park management plans  Parks in Community Areas

2 PARKS: Policy Issues  Prepare countywide “Strategic Plan for Parks” or Park Acquisition and Development Guidelines  Require park dedication/in-lieu fees for all residential subdivisions or only standard subdivisions (5 or more lots)

3 PARKS: State Subdivision Map Act Provisions “….County may, by ordinance, require the dedication of land or impose a requirement of the payment of fees in lieu thereof, or a combination of both, for park or recreational purposes as a condition to the approval of a tentative map or parcel map….” [Section 66477]

4 PARKS: County Subdivision Ordinance Provisions “As a condition of approval of a tentative map, the subdivider shall dedicate land, pay a fee in lieu thereof, or both, at the option of the County, for park or recreational purposes at the time and according to the standards and formula contained in this chapter.” [Section (B)] “Fees in Lieu of Land – Fifty (50) Parcels or Less. Except as provided in Section (F), if the subdivision does not provide and has no park or recreational facilities, the subdivider shall pay a fee equal to the land value of the portion of the park or recreational facilities required to serve the needs of the residents of the proposed subdivision….” [Section (E)(2)]

5 RECOMMENDATIONS PARKS

6 PARK DEVELOPMENT GUIDELINES 1.Establish park acquisition and development guidelines based upon acreage, population, parkland ratios and consideration of natural resource values to provide adequate park and recreation facilities for existing and future residents. In cooperation with other park and public lands agencies, seek an equitable geographic distribution of neighborhood, community and regional park facilities that will be commensurate with the needs of the surrounding residents. Encourage park development that includes interpretive and recreational services, including youth camping. Ensure broad public participation in the development of these guidelines.

7 JOINT USE OF PARK AND RECREATION FACILITIES 2.Encourage full utilization of park and recreation facilities owned and/or operated by other agencies. Utilize, where feasible, appropriate County funding sources and make County parks and recreation facilities available through special operating agreements.

8 PARK ACCESSIBILITY 3.Work to ensure accessibility of County parks and recreation facilities to all County residents, to the maximum extent practicable, in terms of affordability, physical access and hours of operation.

9 PARK ACQUISITION PRIORITIES 4.Give priority to acquisition of land for new parks and development of parks in deficient areas and in rapidly growing areas. After evaluation of regional needs, identify locations where park acquisition should be pursued if willing property owners are identified. If Fort Hunter- Liggett is closed, seek acquisition of the Old Hacienda and the northern Lake San Antonio area to join the separated portions of the existing park.

10 PARK DEVELOPMENT GUIDELINES 5.Utilize a wide range of mechanisms to acquire parkland, including a variety of funding sources such as land donations, public conveyances from other agencies and development impact fees. Pursuant to the authority granted by the state Subdivision Map Act, apply conditions on residential subdivision projects to provide park and recreation land and facilities at the time of development or pay in-lieu development impact fees in proportion to the extent of the need created by the development.

11 PARK MANAGEMENT PLANS 6.Adopt park management plans for all County park and recreational areas and facilities, emphasizing protection of environmental resources on these lands. Distinguish between parks for more active use and parks and open space areas rich in biological resources suitable for more passive enjoyment and stewardship of those resources. Ensure that new facilities are not opened to public use until adequate facility management is provided.

12 PARKS IN COMMUNITY AREAS 7.Through the community planning process, ensure that each Community Area includes adequate sites for park and recreation facilities.


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