Presenter: Ann Bright
Ted Hollingsworth

Commission Agenda Item No. 17
Pending Litigation Involving Smith School Road
Acquisition of Conservation Easement
Travis County
TPWD Headquarters Complex
January 25, 2007

I. Executive Summary: Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) staff is proposing the acquisition of a conservation easement on approximately 1.3 acres adjacent to TPWD headquarters. The proposed conservation easement will be funded in part by Telecom Park, L.P.

II. Discussion: The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is the defendant in a lawsuit involving driveway access to Smith School Road at TPWD's headquarter complex. (Telecom Park, L.P. v. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Cause No. D-1-GN-06-001844, in the 201st District Court of Travis County, Texas) TPWD staff, through the Office of the Attorney General, has negotiated a tentative settlement agreement with the Plaintiff. Under the proposed settlement, the Plaintiff will contribute to the acquisition of a conservation easement on approximately 1.3 acres along McKinney Falls Parkway and Parks and Wildlife Drive and at TPWD headquarters. Staff has provided public notice and has solicited public comment regarding this transaction.

Staff will be recommending that the Commission adopt the following motion:

"The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission authorizes the Executive Director to take all necessary steps to acquire a conservation easement by purchase and/or donation on approximately 1.3 acres along Texas Parks and Wildlife Drive and McKinney Falls Parkway at TPWD headquarters in Travis County."

Attachments - 1

  1. Exhibit A – Location Map

Committee Agenda Item No. 17
Exhibit A

Location Map

Location of easement in relation to TPWD Headquarters

For help in interpreting this map, please contact Corky Kuhlmann.