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File #: 1186-2021    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 5/5/2021 In control: Recreation & Parks Committee
On agenda: 6/14/2021 Final action: 6/18/2021
Title: To authorize the Director of Recreation and Parks to sign as a holder of an Environmental Covenant and accept the donation of a tract of real property along North Hamilton Road; and to declare an emergency. ($0.00)
Attachments: 1. Hamilton Woods Environmental Covenant Tract, 2. 2021-04-12 Exhibit

Background: This ordinance authorizes the Director of Recreation and Parks to sign as a holder of an Environmental Covenant and accept the donation of a tract of property along North Hamilton Road in the far northeast side of the city. The natural area contained within the covenant will be split from a larger parcel to be privately developed into multi-family units. The donated parcel will expand the Hamilton Wetlands & Heron Rookery Nature Preserve.

The Department owns and manages the 72 acre Hamilton Wetlands Nature Preserve on the city’s far northeast side. A new multi-family development will be constructed along the eastern boundary of the nature preserve. The private owner will impact certain surface water features located on the Owner’s Property, and the approvals for the development requires that the owner obtain a water quality certification pursuant to Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, United States Code Title 33, Section 1341 from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) and Nationwide Permit (NWP) coverage from the Army Corps of Engineers. As part of this permit, the OEPA requires that the Owner mitigate the construction impacts by protecting and donating a 1.75 acre high quality wetland located on the property to the Recreation and Parks Department for permanent preservation. This wetland is adjacent to the Nature Preserve.

A visual description of the tract of real property is attached to this ordinance, its boundaries indicated by the site plan measurements.

Upon recording the environmental covenant, the Owner will donate the title to the tract to the Recreation and Parks Department. The Department agrees to accept the donation, and become the perpetual owner and holder of the environmental covenant restrictions.

Principal Parties:
Casto Development, Inc.
250 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, OH 43215
Charlie Fraas, (614) 227-3485

Emergency Justification: Emergency action is requested as there is an urgency to con...

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