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HF 509

as introduced - 93rd Legislature (2023 - 2024) Posted on 01/18/2023 10:19am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Bill Text Versions

Introduction Posted on 01/17/2023

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to natural resources; modifying the Luce Line State Trail; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 85.015, subdivision 10.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2022, section 85.015, subdivision 10, is amended to read:

Subd. 10.

Luce Line Trail, Hennepin, McLeod, and Meeker Counties.

(a) The trail
shall originate at Gleason Lake in Plymouth Village, Hennepin County, deleted text beginand shalldeleted text end follow
the route of the Chicago Northwestern Railroadnew text begin, and include a connection to Greenleaf Lake
State Recreation Area
new text end.

(b) The trail shall be developed for multiuse wherever feasible. The department shall
cooperate in maintaining its integrity for modes of use consistent with local ordinances.

(c) In establishing, developing, maintaining, and operating the trail, the commissioner
shall cooperate with local units of government and private individuals and groups. Before
acquiring any parcel of land for the trail, the commissioner of natural resources shall develop
a management program for the parcel and conduct a public hearing on the proposed
management program in the vicinity of the parcel to be acquired. The management program
of the commissioner shall include but not be limited to the following:

(1) fencing of portions of the trail where necessary to protect adjoining landowners; and

(2) the maintenance of the trail in a litter free condition to the extent practicable.

(d) The commissioner shall not acquire any of the right-of-way of the Chicago
Northwestern Railway Company until the abandonment of the line described in this
subdivision has been approved by the Surface Transportation Board or the former Interstate
Commerce Commission. Compensation, in addition to the value of the land, shall include
improvements made by the railroad, including but not limited to, bridges, trestles, public
road crossings, or any portion thereof, it being the desire of the railroad that such
improvements be included in the conveyance. The fair market value of the land and
improvements shall be recommended by two independent appraisers mutually agreed upon
by the parties. The fair market value thus recommended shall be reviewed by a review
appraiser agreed to by the parties, and the fair market value thus determined, and supported
by appraisals, may be the purchase price. The commissioner may exchange lands with
landowners abutting the right-of-way described in this section to eliminate diagonally shaped
separate fields.