Supervisors to consider grassland trails expansion and eminent domain for San Vicente Road project

San Diego County Board of Supervisors will consider eminent domain for two parcels sought for the San Vicente Road Improvement Project at its Aug. 7 meeting.

The parcels would cost the county $18,800, which represents their appraised value, according to the meeting agenda.

Construction of the San Vicente Road improvements require acquisition of property rights from 31 privately-owned properties within the project area, which covers about 2.25 miles from Warnock Drive to just east of Wildcat Canyon Road. The required property interests include road, slope/drainage, and temporary construction easements, which are partial acquisitions consisting of strips of property along the existing road and driveways, said the county. The project does not require any full takes or impacts any buildings. To date, 29 of the 31 property owners have signed real property contracts agreeing to sell the required interests with all contracts costing less than $150,000 each, according to the county.

Although county staff said it continues to attempt to reach agreements with the two property owners, the road project schedule requires such action so the board can authorize bidding and award a construction contract in early 2014.

Also on the Aug. 7 agenda, supervisors will consider adopting the mitigated negative declaration for additional trails at the Ramona Grasslands Preserve. The project would create a 5.5-mile multi-use trail system that will connect to an existing 3.8 miles of trail within the grasslands preserve, providing the public with access to a total trail system of 9.3 miles. The proposed project also includes the construction of a crossing of Santa Maria Creek, a small staging area, and supporting infrastructure, including a maintenance building, viewing pavilion/visitor kiosk and two volunteer pads.

According to the county, the project would be constructed in phases and is an area just west of Ramona Airport and east and north of Highland Valley Road.

The supervisors meet at 9 a.m. in Room 310, County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego. For more information, see www.sdcounty.ca.gov/cob/bosa/index.html.

   
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