Proposed Revision to 1003.6 - Transfers of Interests in Real Property

 

 

I.          Sale of Land

 

A.         All sales of University System land must be approved by the Board of Regents.  Such sales must be preceded by the following:

 

1.            An appraisal by a certified or licensed appraiser or, if the property is worth less than $10,000, a limited or restricted appraisal.

 

2.            A request for proposals to purchase the land published no less than once a week for four consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation published in the county where the land is situated.  If a newspaper of general circulation is not published in that county, any paper of general circulation within the county may be used for the notice.

 

3.            The public notice must describe the land to be sold, its appraised value, the procedure for securing a copy of the request for proposal, the terms and conditions of sale, and the criteria upon which each proposal will be evaluated.

 

B.         No sale shall be approved unless full market value is received and the sale is in the best interests of the University System as determined by the Regents.  The sale need not be made to the highest bidder if some other offer is more advantageous to the System.  The land shall be conveyed by the Regents without covenant of warranty.

 

C.         Subsequent to the Regents' approval and prior to closing the sale will be submitted to the Board of Land Commissioners for review.

 

II.            Exchanges of Land

 

A.         All exchanges of University System land must be approved by the Board of Regents.  Such exchanges must be preceded by the following:

 

1.            An appraisal by a certified or licensed appraiser or, if the property is worth less than $10,000, a limited or restricted appraisal.

 

2.            Public notice of the proposed land exchange published no less than once a week for four consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the county or counties wherein the exchanged parcels are situated.

 

 

 

3.            If requested by any person, a public hearing in the area where the state land  to be conveyed is located.

 

B.         No exchange shall be approved unless full market value is received for the land being conveyed and the exchange is in the best interests of the University System as determined by the Regents.  The land shall be conveyed by the Regents without covenant of warranty.

 

C.         Subsequent to the Regents' approval and prior to closing the exchange will be submitted to the Board of Land Commissioners for  review.

 

III.         Lease

 

The initial lease of University System real property shall be submitted to the Regents for approval if the lease is for a term in excess of two years.  Renewals of such leases need not be resubmitted for approval unless there is a substantive change in the provisions of the lease.

 

IV.            Easements

 

All easements encumbering University System land must be approved by the Board of Regents.  The easement shall only be approved if the System receives fair value for the easement.  Benefit to the affected campus may be taken into account when determining fair value.

 

V.            Acquisition by Purchase or Gift

 

A.         All acquisitions of land by or for any unit campus of the University System must be approved by the Regents except as provided for in Subsection B. below.  When property is being purchased the Regents shall be informed of estimates of fair market value established either by

 

1.            Two appraisals.

 

2.            Any other process which gives the Regents reasonable assurance of the reliability of the derived value.

 

B.         When the Regents have adopted a specific procedure by which property may be purchased within a clearly defined area, denoted as a property acquisition zone, such procedures shall supersede this section.

 

 

VI.        Other Requirements

 

A.         If land to be sold or exchanged contains designated heritage property the unit shall consult with the state Historic Preservation Officer to mitigate, if practical, any deleterious effect the sale or transfer may have on the heritage property.

 

B.         If a transfer of an interest in University System real property significantly affects the quality of the human environment, an environmental impact statement (EIS) shall be prepared in conformance with 75-1-201, MCA.  In order to determine whether an EIS is required, an environmental assessment (EA) shall be prepared in conformance with 17.4.609, ARM, unless the transfer in question is defined as a "categorical exclusion."

 

1.            For purposes of this policy a categorical exclusion is any transfer of an interest in real property which

 

a.            contemplates no significant change in the existing use of the land; or

 

b.            contemplates no significant change in existing land use patterns; or

 

c.            any future uses of the land will be governed by local zoning ordinances; or

 

d.            fits within the definition of categorical exclusion found at 17.4.607(5), ARM; or

 

e.            is an action primarily social or economic in nature that does not otherwise affect the human environment; or

 

f.            is an integral part of a project for which some other entity has done either an environmental assessment or an environmental impact statement.

 

VII.       Nothing herein shall be construed as a waiver or delegation of any authority possessed by the Board of Regents under the constitution or any statute and submission of transactions to the Board of Land Commissioners for review is done in furtherance of comity among state governmental entities only and not as an acknowledgment of any legal right, obligation or requirement.

 

History:

 

            Item 93-002-R1196, Transfers of Interests in Real Property (NEW), approved by the Board of Regents on January 23, 1997; as amended on January 29, 1998.

 

 

 


 

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