COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
ACE Program; Acceptance of Landowners’ Offer to Sell a Conservation Easement
Adopt a resolution accepting a landowners’ offer to sell a conservation easement
Tucker, Davis, Cilimberg, Kamptner
March 3rd, 2004
ACTION: X INFORMATION:
ACE regulations require each landowner who desires to sell a conservation easement to submit a written offer to the County to sell the easement for a fixed price, determined by an appraisal and subject to an adjustment based on adjusted gross income. Said easement is also subject to the terms and conditions contained in a proposed deed of easement negotiated by the parties. The regulations also require that, if the Board accepts the offer, it must do so in writing and only after an action by the Board authorizing acceptance. The Board is not required to accept an offer to sell a conservation easement. Either the Albemarle County Public Recreational Facilities Authority (“PRFA”) or the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (“VOF”) may be co-holders of the easements.
Regulations also require the ACE Committee to recommend which parcels, from an initial pool of applicants, the board should invite to submit offers to sell conservation easements on. In the event a higher ranked applicant(s) drops out of this initial pool, the Committee may slide down the ranking list and substitute another parcel(s) that is lower ranked provided it is still eligible.
Goal: 2.1 – “Protect and/or preserve the County’s rural character”. Goal: 2.2 – “Protect and/or preserve the County’s natural resources”.
At its December 3rd, 2003 meeting, the Board of Supervisors accepted offers to sell conservation easements on the Swanson, Crawford and Kindrick properties. On February 11th, 2004, the Board of Supervisors accepted an offer to sell a conservation easement on the Henley Forest, Inc. property. All four (4) landowners are applicants from the 2002-03 application pool. On January February 18th, 2004, the County received an offer to sell a conservation easement from Philip Marshall, who owns the following property consisting of two (2) individual tax parcels:
Marshall TM 36, Parcel 19 91.651 acres $61,000 PRFA
Total 121.216 acres
In the coming weeks, the County may receive an offer to sell a conservation easement on one additional property from the 2002-03 applicant pool – the Mehring Family Partnership. This is the last applicant from the 2002-03 applicant pool.
Staff recommends the Board adopt the attached resolution accepting the landowners’ offer to sell a conservation easement to the County, for the price specified and subject to the terms and conditions contained in the proposed deed of easement and authorize the County Executive to sign the final deed of easement for the property.
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