Pitkin County Open Space and Trails is seeking comments from the public on an agricultural lease bid process to be used in leasing county-owned agricultural properties.
With the recent purchases of Red Ridge Ranch and the Freda L. Glassier Ranch, collectively known as the Glassier Open Space, Pitkin County Open Space significantly increased the amount of agricultural land it owns outright. It now totals approximately 240 acres, with individual lease areas that range from 10 acres to more than 100 acres.
In response to this increase in property holdings and increased interest in leasing the lands, Open Space is proposing a process for accepting bids and awarding agricultural leases on Open Space property. The process includes evaluation criteria to assist staff in selecting the most appropriate lessee and oversight measures to ensure proper stewardship of agricultural lands.
The public is invited to review the proposal and offer input. Go to www.pitkinostprojects.com and click on agricultural lease bid process to review the proposal and submit comments. The comment period will close Sept. 30.
The process is scheduled for review and possible final approval from the Open Space and Trails Board on Oct. 7. The goal is to have the process in place by fall 2014 so Open Space and Trails can accept bids from parties interested in agricultural leases at Glassier Open Space. The Glassier leases will be awarded in time for lessees to begin planning their 2015 operations.