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09/12/2019

Greenbelt agreement links Winnick Woods, Cross Hill open spaces

A license to manage a casual trail that connects open space to the north and south of 15 Silva Drive was approved by the Town Council Sept. 9, 2019 (click map to view memo).

The Town Council on Sept. 9, 2019 approved a greenbelt license agreement for a casual trail at 15 Silva Drive, connecting Winnick Woods and the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust's Dyer Hutchinson easement to the north, and the Cross Hill open space to the south.

The license allows the town to manage the trail for the benefit of the public while legally sheltering the property owner, Bruce Sahrbeck, from liability.

Councilor Jeremy Gabrielson called the license, the second to be used for a greenbelt link in Cape Elizabeth, a "wonderfully flexible" tool. "I'm glad to see that we are continuing to use it and I want to thank Mr. Sahrbeck for working with the Conservation Committee to make this happen," he said.

The license can be terminated by either party with a 30-day notice and provides more flexibility than an easement or outright sale or donation. Councilor Jamie Garvin also called the mechanism a good "first step" for property owners who are unsure about granting public access rights.

The town's other greenbelt license was provided by the Canterbury at the Cape Condominium Association in 2016. [news article]