Attachment “A”

Proposed Changes to Ranking Criteria

 

Criterion A.1 - Enhance this criterion so an applicant can receive points (though not as many) for being near, but not contiguous, to existing protected open-space. This would ultimately allow for "infill" between protected parcels.

 

A.1 - The parcel adjoins an existing permanent conservation easement, a national, state or local park, or other permanently protected open-space: two (2) points, with one additional (1) point for every five hundred (500) feet of shared boundary; or the parcel is within one-quarter (1/4) mile, but not adjoining, an existing permanent conservation easement, a national, state or local park, or other permanently protected open-space: two (2) points,

 

Criterion C.3 - Give points for parcels that are substantially within the “viewshed" of a scenic highway, by-way or entrance corridor - not just properties that adjoin such roads.  This would allow for the protection of properties that offer important vistas and scenic value. 

 

C.3 - The parcel adjoins a road designated either as a Virginia scenic highway or byway, or as an entrance corridor under section 30.6.2 of Chapter 18 of the Albemarle County Code: two (2) points, with one (1) additional point for each six hundred (600) feet of road frontage; or the parcel adjoins a public road: two (2) points, with one (1) additional point for each one thousand (1000) feet of road frontage; or, the parcel is substantially visible from, but is not contiguous to, a public road designated either as a Virginia scenic highway or byway, or as an entrance corridor under section 30.6.2 of Chapter 18 of the Albemarle County Code: two (2) points.

 

Criterion C.4 - Provide points for properties that have resources of cultural or historical significance but are not officially protected.  Currently, points are only awarded to parcels that lie in the Monticello viewshed or have resources that are officially and permanently protected (such as historic resources registered with the National Trust).  This change would recognize the historical and cultural significance of unprotected resources that have considerable conservation/protection value.

 

C.4 - The parcel contains historic resources: three (3) points if it is within a national or state rural historic district or is subject to a permanent easement protecting a historic resource; two (2) points if the parcel is within the primary Monticello viewshed, as shown on viewshed maps prepared for Monticello and in the possession of the county; two (2) points if the parcel contains artifacts or a site of archaeological or architectural significance as determined by a qualified archaeologist or architectural historian under the United States Department of Interior’s professional qualification standards

 

Criterion C.5 - Award points for parcels located near an occurrence (listed on the state natural heritage inventory) since the potential influence on the viability and survival of an occurrence can extend beyond the boundaries of the parcel where it actually occurs.

 

C.5 - The parcel contains an occurrence listed on the state natural heritage inventory: five (5) points; or the parcel is within one-quarter (1/4) mile of an occurrence listed on the State Natural Heritage Inventory: two (2) points.

 

Criterion C.7 - Currently, this criterion awards points for being in the two primary drinking supply watersheds – South Fork Rivanna River Reservoir and Totier Creek Reservoir.  It should include Chris Greene Lake Watershed, an emergency water supply reservoir.  

 

C.7 - The parcel is within the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir Watershed, the Chris Greene Lake Watershed, or the Totier Creek Reservoir Watershed: three (3) points.

 

Criterion C.8 - This criterion should be expanded to include any major creek or tributary that has scenic or ecological significance - such as exceptional waters, unique habitats for aquatic species etc.  According to Dave Hirschman and Stephen Bowler, it should include the North Fork of the Rivanna River, Rockfish River, Wards Creek, Swift Run, Lynch River, Rocky Creek.

 

C.8 - The parcel adjoins a waterway designated as a state scenic river.  The parcel adjoins the Ivy Creek, Mechums River, Moormans River, Rocky Creek (of the Moormans River), Wards Creek (of the Moormans River), Doyles Creek, Buck Mountain Creek, South Fork Rivanna Reservoir River, North Fork Rivanna River, Totier Creek Reservoir, Swift Run (of the North Fork Rivanna River), Lynch River (of the North Fork Rivanna River, Rivanna River, Jacob’s Run, or the Hardware River, Rockfish River, James River, any waters designated as “Exceptional Waters” by the Virginia Water Control Board, any public water supply reservoir or emergency water supply reservoir : one-half (1/2) point for each one thousand (1000) feet of frontage.                      

 

Justification Table (not included in the ordinance):

 

Designated

Scenic River

Recreational Value (Recognized by County staff as accessible by canoe or kayak for significant time most years)

James River

Spineymussel DGIF Record

Unusual habitat

Ivy Creek

 

 

X

 

Mechums River

 

X

X

 

Moormans River

X

X

 

 

Rocky Creek

 

 

X

 

Ward’s Creek

 

 

X

 

Buck Mountain Creek

 

 

X

 

South Fork Rivanna River

 

X

 

 

North Fork Rivanna River

 

X

X

 

Swift Run

 

 

X

 

Lynch River

 

 

 

X (high quality, likely spineymussel habitat)

Preddy Creek

 

 

 

X (unique wetlands per USFWS National Wetlands Inventory)

Rivanna River

X

X

 

 

Hardware River

 

X

 

 

Rockfish River

X

X

 

 

James River

 

X

 

X (unique river in County)

 

 

Criterion C.9 - This criterion should be more graduated.  Currently, 1 point is awarded for every 1000 feet of permanent vegetative buffer, 35-100 foot wide, along a perennial or intermittent stream and 2 points are awarded if the buffer is >100 feet wide.  Therefore, a difference of a few feet in buffer width can mean a huge difference in total points awarded. 

 

C.9 - The parcel is subject to a permanent easement whose primary purpose is to establish or maintain vegetative forest buffers adjoining perennial or intermittent streams, as those terms are defined in Chapter 17 of the Albemarle County Code: one (1) point for each one thousand (1000) feet of buffer that is between thirty-five (35) and one hundred (100) fifty (50) feet wide; one and one-half (1˝) points for each one thousand (1000) feet of buffer that is greater than fifty (50) feet but not more than one hundred (100) feet wide; two (2) points for each one thousand (1000) feet of buffer that is greater than one hundred (100) feet wide.  If the owner voluntarily offers in his application to place the parcel in such a permanent easement, then the above-referenced points may also be awarded.

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