COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Blenheim View Estates Subdivision; dedication of drainage easement and improvements

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Authorize the County Executive to sign deed of easement to accept dedication of drainage easement and improvements

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Tucker, Foley, Davis, Kamptner, Graham

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

 

AGENDA DATE:

April 20, 2005

 

ACTION:                               INFORMATION: 

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:     X                     INFORMATION: 

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:   Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:

The County has been acquiring easements in new subdivisions for drainage and stormwater control for several years, as approved by the Board at its April 5, 2000 meeting.  The purpose of this program is to assure that the County has the ability to enter such easements to construct and maintain drainage required drainage improvements.  The shift from privately to publicly maintained drainage systems was an acknowledgement that public maintenance of drainage systems serving public improvements was necessary in most situations.  Experience has shown that private interests, including homeowners’ associations, often do not possess the technical and financial capabilities to repair and maintain drainage systems.

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Goal 2.2: Protect and/or preserve the County’s natural resources.

Strategy 3.1.1.3: Plan for and provide infrastructure necessary to support desired level of service.

 

DISCUSSION:

The final subdivision plat for Blenheim View Estates Subdivision is ready for approval, pending approval of the drainage easement presented for the Board’s consideration and the approval of a riparian buffer easement by the Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District, to be considered by the District board in late April.  The proposed drainage easement (see the attached plat) is required to serve the Subdivision’s new access road, Malolactic Road, off of Blenheim Road.  The drainage easement is located outside of the Subdivision, directly across Blenheim Road from Malolactic Road, on Tax Map 102 Parcel 37P, owned by Kluge Estate Winery & Vineyard, LLC. 

 

The proposed deed of easement sets forth the rights and responsibilities of the County and the owner with respect to the lands within the drainage easement, including the County’s rights and obligations to maintain the improvements within the drainage easement.  The form and substance of the deed is based on a template deed prepared by the County Attorney’s Office and it is acceptable.     

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends that the Board approve the proposed deed dedicating a drainage easement and any improvements thereon, and authorize the County Executive to sign the deed on behalf of the County after it has been approved by the County Attorney with any necessary changes.

 

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment A- Deed of dedication and attached plat

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