Presenter: Corky Kuhlmann

Commission Agenda Item No. 10
Action
Land Exchange - Galveston County
Galveston Island State Park
May 28, 2009

I. Executive Summary: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) staff has negotiated with a private landowner for a land exchange at Galveston Island State Park (Park).

II. Discussion: TPWD staff has negotiated a contract of exchange with an adjacent landowner (Landowner) at the Park in which approximately 6.2 acres of TPWD land would be exchanged for an approximate 11-acre private tract. The 11-acre tract represents an in-holding at the Park and is also part of a 16.03-acre amphitheater tract deeded to the Lone Star Performing Arts Association, Inc. by TPWD with a deed restriction stating that "Grantee shall use and maintain the property as a venue for the performing arts." Acquisition of the 6.2 acres by the Landowner would combine his holding into one block of continuous land (Block).

In addition to the land exchange, TPWD would remove the deed restrictions imposed on the 16.03-acre tract as stated above and a 150 foot building set back on a 4.139 tract of land known as the Stewart Mansion Tract also part of the Block. TPWD will receive a monetary value for the removal of these deed restrictions. Landowner will clear all buildings and debris from the 11-acre site to TPWD satisfaction.

III. Recommendation: Below is the motion staff will recommend to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission:

"The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission finds ownership of the 6.2 acre maintenance yard tract at Galveston Island State Park is no longer in the best interest of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and that there is no reasonable and prudent alternative to the transfer of ownership of the 6.2 acre tract, and that the transfer of the 6.2 acre tract in exchange for the 11 acre tract and monetary consideration includes all reasonable planning to minimize harm to the park, and the Commission authorizes the Executive Director to take all necessary steps to exchange the 6.2 acre TPWD tract for an 11 acre private tract and remove deed restrictions from all tracts involved."

Attachments - 3

  1. Exhibit A - Location Map
  2. Exhibit B - Vicinity Map
  3. Exhibit C - Site Map

Commission Agenda Item No. 10
Exhibit A

Galveston Island State Park
Location Map
Galveston County, Texas

Location of Galveston Island State Park in relation to the State of Texas

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


Commission Agenda Item No. 10
Exhibit B

Galveston Island State Park
Vicinity Map

Location of Galveston Island State Park in relation to the city of Houston, TX

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


Commission Agenda Item No. 10
Exhibit C

Galveston Island State Park
Site Map

Location of Tract 1 in relation to Tract 2, Tract 3 and Stewart Mansion Tract

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


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