Application Process

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Step-by-step Application

The process outlined below is based solely on the City’s land acquisition process.  If grant funds or other partners are involved in the acquisition, additional steps may be required.  The typical timeline to complete a deal is approximately 9 months, but may be much longer if grant funds are involved.

1.      Greenbelt Application.pdf is submitted to Greenbelt Program. 

2.      Greenbelt staff reviews application.

3.      Application is scored based on Greenbelt Criteria (PDF)

4.      Greenbelt Advisory Commission (GAC) reviews application and scoring
         (GAC meets once a month).

5.      If GAC decides to move forward, an appraisal is ordered (8 – 10 weeks to complete).

6.      Title work requested.

7.      Once appraisal is complete, GAC recommends offer to City Council.
         (Council meets twice a month).

8.      Easement (PDF) draft submitted to landowner. 

9.      Purchase and Sales Agreement sent to landowner.       

10.    City Council accepts Purchase and Sales Agreement by Resolution.

11.    Due Diligence (simultaneous actions)

        a.      Survey is ordered (5-6 weeks to complete)

        b.      Phase I Environmental Site Assessment is ordered (5-6 weeks to complete)

        c.      Baseline Document is completed and presented to landowner for review

        d.      Conservation Plan is completed by NRCS

12.    City and landowner approve all documents for closing

13.    Closing Scheduled

14.    At closing – landowners sign Conservation Easement and Baseline Document
        and other closing documents.