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Carlton Oaks Land Agreement Will Connect Mission Trails to River Trail

The San Diego River Trail will now connect to Mission Trails and golf course operation will continue.

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for the city of San Diego to lease 64.3 acres it owns at the in Santee to the facility's owner has been  unanimously approved by the San Diego City Council.

The 40-year lease to TY Investment Co. , which was opposed by environmentalists. Most of the land, owned by the city since 1933, is along the banks of the San Diego River near the Santee-San Diego city limits.

The company originally tried to buy the property outright, but the city backed off last year in the face of opposition from environmentalists who didn't want part of the watershed to be turned over to private interests.

Company executives said the purchase was necessary to remain in business after a property reassessment drove up costs. In rejecting the sale last October, members of the City Council's Land Use and Housing Committee asked city staff and the company to renegotiate the lease.

Representatives of the environmental groups supported the lease when it was passed out of the committee two months ago.

Councilman Todd Gloria said the solution is a "clear win-win" situation, "one that retains jobs at the golf course, which I think every council member wanted to see happen, but also retains the public ownership."

TY Investment will pay the city $150,000 the first year, with a 2.5 percent increase over 19 successive years. The rate in the second 20 years would be based on market value.

The rent will be partially offset in exchange for access to the acreage by city employees and members of the who, under the proposal, would have the right to develop a trail in the area.

A in Santee at the country club. Officials want to at nearby . A lawyer for the conservancy said it will take about one year to plan the trail and obtain state permits.

-City News Service

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Frank Ferraro June 12, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Glad the Oaks and the city came to an agreement. Oaks is a good place!
Kevin Hippensteel June 14, 2012 at 10:06 PM
It really does sound like a win win. I can't wait for the trail to go all the way to Mission Trails and one day the beach.
Sandy June 15, 2012 at 04:56 AM
Great news. Good stewards.

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