Documents from the Strawberry Hill Master Plan Process
Resolution approved by Colorado springs city council in may 2016 authorizing the land exchange
Click HERE for the Land Exchange Resolution between the City of Colorado Springs and The Broadmoor
Deed of Conservation Easement
Click HERE for the Conservation Easement for Strawberry Hill Master Plan
Frequently Asked Questions
Click HERE for the FAQs for the Strawberry Hill Master Plan.
Click HERE for the Presentation by N.E.S. Inc. from the March 8th public meeting
Click HERE for the Palmer Land Trust Presentation from the March 8th public meeting
Click HERE for a Summary of written comments from the March 8th public meeting
Click HERE for the Presentation by NES Inc. from the April 13th public meeting
Click HERE for a Summary of written comments from the April 13th public meeting
Palmer Land Trust
Strawberry Hill Conservation Easement
A conservation easement is a binding legal agreement that offers permanent restriction of a property to protect its conservation values. A qualified land trust holds the easement and is given the right to enforce the restrictions laid out within the easement. The easement restrictions remain with the property forever, regardless of who owns the land in the future, and can include limitations on development rights, subdivision rights, new structures or other improvements, mineral extraction, paving, industrial activities, or alteration of watercourses or topography.
To ensure the terms of the conservation easement are upheld in perpetuity, the Palmer Land Trust is responsible for ensuring that the terms of the easement are followed and that the conservation values of the property will be protected forever.
Palmer Land Trust is a state-certified and nationally accredited land trust and one of the 20 largest local and state land trusts nationally. The organization currently holds conservation easements on 120 properties and more than 103,000 acres, including easements on 16 public properties in El Paso and Teller Counties, such as Red Rock Canyon and Section 16, Stratton Open Space, and Ute Valley Open Space.
The Board of Trustees of Palmer Land Trust approved engaging in a conservation easement due diligence process after reviewing the Strawberry Hill property against conservation criteria. After much scrutiny and careful review, the Board of Trustees has approved and finalized the conservation easement. A number of factors were considered in coming to this conclusion:
- Permanent protection of Strawberry Hill that guarantees perpetual public access to the property is of critical importance to the community. A conservation easement remains the best tool to ensure 1) that Strawberry Hill is preserved and 2) that the public will continue to have access to it into perpetuity.
- Palmer Land Trust is southern Colorado’s regional land trust with deep community ties and a history of collaborating with the city and county to permanently protect some of the community’s best known open spaces. Since the conservation easement is a requirement of the exchange, Palmer Land Trust felt it was important that it hold the conservation easement, as opposed to a non-local entity, given its understanding and dedication to the community.