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City of Melissa Texas 2015 Comprehensive Plan Update Page 6.28 Chapter 6 Parks and Trails Plan Policy 3 Investigate Increased Developer Participation in Parks and Trails Provision It is very difficult for cities to provide enough parks and trails to meet population needs with only public funds. Developer participation in meeting these needs should therefore be considered. PT3.1 The City should investigate a park dedication ordinance requiring park and trail integration in Melissa. The primary advantage to having a park dedication requirement is it provides cities with the increased ability to provide parks and trails in accordance with the local level of population growth. If population growth is not occurring then park dedication is not needed or required. With a community like Melissa expecting rapid population growth park dedication would be an effective way to meet increased park needs in accordance with increased population. Other cities park dedication ordinances should be examined to determine whether such requirements would be appropriate for Melissa. If determined to be appropriate the City should draft a park dedication ordinance. Advice from an outside consultant or attorney may be needed to determine the appropriate fee for each type of facility such as neighborhood parks community parks and trails. The City currently allows fees in lieu of dedication which is a practice that should be continued. Policy 4 Require Small Parks to be Privately Maintained Small park areas that primarily provide play structures are commonly established as part of multiple-family or medium density developments. Such areas may also be provided in single-family developments. These areas are expensive to maintain. PT4.1 The City should require pocket parks or other small parks be maintained by the owner of the property or by an association of owners. A certain size area for requiring private maintenance should be established. For instance parks areas equal to or less than two acres in size are likely cost-prohibitive for the City to maintain in the long-term. For developments with park areas of this size to be approved a property owners association should be required.