Since CHLP does not own land directly, CHLP supports good stewardship of land in Cherry Hills Village through information and education resources shared with the City, other public agencies, and private landowners to encourage the preservation of natural habitat, clean water, and good management of land assets. We encourage good stewardship in our community through full or partial land donations, use of conservation easements, and good land use planning to minimize development impact and loss of scenic treasures whenever possible, and we facilitate those investments when appropriate. Examples of that stewardship role include:
- Helping Cat Anderson achieve her stewardship goals through a conservation easement on Quincy Farms, and committing to oversee the compliance with those conservation easement guidelines while the easement is held by Colorado Open Lands;
- Encouraging the City’s formation of the Cat Anderson Land Donation Fund, a permanent fund earmarked for additional open space purchases by the City;
- Identifying and mapping of wetlands habitat within the Village and making protection and policy recommendations for inclusion in the City Master Plan;
- Mapping and taking inventory of the natural resources within the Village;
- Playing a watch-dog role to monitor whether the City Master Plan’s open space guidelines are implemented, as well as updated appropriately;
- Helping conservation-minded private landowners develop innovative solutions that incorporate land conservation planning.
Projects related to Stewardship are a use of funds for CHLP, either as conservation information events or by hiring specialized consultants to work with the City or private landowners to achieve specific community goals.
Quincy Farms – A Model Conservation Easement Donation
Quincy Farm, owned by Catherine “Cat” Anderson, has a long and interesting history. The original farmhouse on this property, which was once a dairy farm, was built in 1898 by the Hopkins family and is now on the national register of historic places. The house is the oldest and most intact farm house remaining in Cherry Hills Village.
In 2007, Cat Anderson placed a conservation easement on her entire property, thereby preserving its scenic, historic and natural value for all of time. Cat and her family have owned the 17.5 acres site since 1961 when Quincy Ave. was just a dirt road. It contains two homes, a garage, a farm house, a baby barn and a big barn. The big barn is a large craftsman style built in 1934 when Myron Blackmer owned the property. It sits on the southeast side of the property. The 1 1/2 story tall barn has a gabled roof with wide overhanging eaves and exposed rafters with large knee braces. The tack room was originally used as an apartment for farm help.
Today, the tack room is filled with an impressive collection of saddles, bridles, cups and ribbons — all from the days when the Big Barn was home to the Cherry Creek Pony Club, where Cat shared her passion for horses and trained many young Villagers how to ride and care for their animals.
Catherine H. Anderson Land Donation Fund
At the urging of the CHLP and certain Council members, in 2009 CHV created the Catherine H. Anderson Land Donation Fund. The money in this fund is primarily intended to foster and encourage the preservation of natural open space through financial assistance to residents interested in preserving Village natural areas but may also be used by the Council for other park-related purposes from time-to-time. The primary purpose of this fund is for the acquisition of open space, parks and trails. This fund will now receive revenue derived from fees paid by sub dividers of property at the time a subdivision plat is approved. In addition, the fund also receives cash-in-lieu dedications associated with subdivision applications and any other monetary donations received by the City, including recreation reimbursements or charitable donations.
The ending fund balance as of January 2011 was almost half a million dollars. To date, no applications for funds have been received by the city.
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