Attachment B

 

General Description of Round 5 (Year 2004-05) ACE Properties

 

1.      Ripper Property (761.852 acres) - the Ripper property lies 16 miles northwest of Charlottesville in the Brown’s Cove area of Albemarle County.  It has extensive frontage on SR 629 and a long contiguous border with the Shenandoah National Park.  The land is composed of steep, wooded mountainland and fertile pastureland along the Doyle’s River.  The property is important because it’s inclusion in the ACE Program would create nearly 1,900 acres of contiguous land (including Byrom and Henley Forest, Inc.) protected by ACE easements.  The primary source of points from the ranking criteria include: 1) the property has >3,400 feet of common boundary with 2 other ACE parcels under easement and >3,600 feet along the Shenandoah National Park; 2) it is a very large tract; 3) it has >7,000 feet along the Doyle’s River; 4) the property has 30 acres within the “ridge area boundary” of Little Flat Mountain; 5) the property contains historic resources from the 18th century; 6) an easement would eliminate 21 usable development rights; and 7) it lies within the watershed of the South Fork of the Rivanna River reservoir .  Score: 65.57 points.

 

2.      Davey Property (294.230 acres) - the Davey property (Lion’s Watch Farm) is located approximately 9 miles south of Charlottesville next to Carter’s Bridge in the Green Mountains of southern Albemarle County.  This area of the County is known for its beautiful estates and highly productive farmland.  With long frontage on Route 20 (a scenic highway and major entrance corridor), this tract is highly visible from the road and offers substantial tourism value.  The primary source of points from the ranking criteria include: 1) the property has 5,115 feet of frontage on the Hardware River; 2) it has nearly 7,185 feet of road frontage on Route 20, a County scenic highway and major entrance corridor; 3) the property contains historic resources from the 18th century; 4) it has 223 acres of “prime” farm and forestland (Davidson clay loams); 5) an easement would eliminate 14 usable development rights; and 6) the Owner wishes to maintain permanent riparian forest buffers along the Hardware River and all perennial streams.  Score: 61.38 points.

 

3.      Vieille Property (269.200 acres) - the Vieille property lies nearly 3 miles southeast of Crozet in western Albemarle County.  It consists of gently rolling farm and forestland with extensive bottomland along Stockton Creek.  The primary source of points from the ranking criteria include: 1) the property has 3,000 feet of frontage on Stockton Creek; 2) it has 133 acres of “prime” farm and forestland; 3) an easement would eliminate 12 usable development rights; 4) it lies within ¼ mile of Route 250 – a major entrance corridor; 5) ) it lies within the watershed of the South Fork of the Rivanna River reservoir; and 6) the Owner wishes to maintain permanent riparian forest buffers along Stockton Creek and all woodland streams.  Score: 34.81 points

 

4.      Metcalf/South Property (145.710 acres) - the Metcalf/South property lies 15 miles southwest of Charlottesville in the Boaz Mountains near Covesville.  It consists of mostly forested mountainland with long common boundary on 2 other properties under easement with VOF.  In addition, a major stream on the property (Martins Creek) is protected by a permanent riparian buffer.  The primary source of points from the ranking criteria include: 1) it has 6,643 feet of frontage on SR 633 & 698; 2) it contains 125 acres of “prime” forestland; 3) it has >4,700 feet of common boundary with 2 other properties under easement; 4) an easement would eliminate 8 usable development rights; 5) the property already has a permanent 100 foot wide riparian forest buffer along 750 feet of Martins Creek; and 6) it lies within the watershed of the South Fork of the Rivanna River Reservoir.  Score: 30.95 points

 

5.      Boyle Property (107.720 acres) - the Boyle property lies 10 miles east of Charlottesville on the northside of Interstate 64 near the Albemarle County line.  With long frontage on the interstate, it is a highly visible property from the highway.  In addition, it has lots of frontage on the Mechunk Creek, which the owner hopes to protect through the establishment of permanent forest buffers.  The primary source of points from the ranking criteria include: 1) the property has >3,100 feet of road frontage on Interstate 64, a major entrance corridor; 2) an easement would eliminate 11 usable development rights; 3) it has >2,400 feet of frontage on Mechunk Creek; 4) the Owner wishes to maintain permanent riparian forest buffers along Mechunk Creek and all woodland streams; 5) the owner depends on income provided by the property from farm uses; and 6) the parcel is threatened with economic hardship.  Score: 29.89 points

 

6.      Rock Mills Farm (131.750 acres) - Rock Mills Farm is located 6 miles west of Charlottesville between the Rocks RPD and the Rosemont subdivision.  Though the owners are routinely approached about selling their land for development, they are holding fast to maintaining it as protected open-space.  Since the farm is severely threatened by future development, it has great conservation value.  The primary source of points from the ranking criteria include: 1) the property lies within the watershed of the South Fork of the Rivanna River reservoir; 2) it has 91 acres of “prime” farm and forestland; 3) an easement would eliminate 14 usable development rights; 4) it is contiguous to “The Rocks” RPD; 4) the landowners derive income from farming the land; 5) they wish to maintain permanent riparian forest buffers along all streams.  Score: 25.05 points

 

7.      Donnelly Property (161.590 acres) – the Donnelly property lies less than 1 mile north of Esmont in the Green Mountains of southern Albemarle.  Much like the Davey property, this area of the County is known for its beautiful estates and highly productive farmland.  With much of the property fronting on two state roads, it is a highly visible farm.  The primary source of points from the ranking criteria include: 1) an easement would eliminate 10 development rights; 2) it has nearly 3,600 feet of road frontage on SR 716 & 719; 3) the property contains a historic structure; 4) it has 120 acres of “prime” farm and forestland (Davidson red clay loams); and 5) the Owner wishes to maintain permanent riparian forest buffers along existing woodland streams.  Score: 24.23 points

 

8.      Barclay Property (71.701 acres) – the Barclay property lies approximately 1 mile northeast of Cismont in the historic Southwest Mountains of Albemarle County.  Since it is composed of 7 different tax parcels, an easement would eliminate a large number of development rights.  With nearly 500 feet of frontage on Route 231, a Virginia Byway and major entrance corridor, the property also has significant tourism value.  The primary source of points from the ranking criteria include: 1) an easement would eliminate 17 development rights; 2) it has nearly 500 feet of road frontage on Route 231 – a Virginia Byway and major entrance corridor; 3) it lies in the Southwest Mountains Historic District; 4) it has 33 acres of “prime” farm and forestland (Davidson red clay loams); and 5) it lies within ¼ mile of other properties under easement.  Score: 23.51 points

 

9.      Rushia Property (86.700 acres) – the Rushia property lies 1 mile north of Crozet on the top of Beaver Creek Mountain, a landmark visible from anywhere in the Crozet area.  Since other conservation easements are contiguous to much of the property, an ACE easement would create a substantial block of protected land.  This would ensure the protection of an important viewshed.  The primary source of points from the ranking criteria include: 1) an easement would eliminate 7 development rights; 2) the property lies within the watershed of the South Fork of the Rivanna River reservoir; 3) the property has 35 acres within the “ridge area boundary” of Beaver Creek Mountain; and 4) it has 5,415 feet of common boundary with 3 other properties under easement.  Score: 23.00 points

 

10.  Jensen/Barnett Property (91.071 acres) – the Jensen/Barnett property is located 2 miles north of Crozet on the White Hall Road.  It lies at the foot of Buck’s Elbow Mountain in an area of fertile farm and orchardland.  Several tracts of land within ¼ mile of the property are currently under easement.  The primary source of points from the ranking criteria include: 1) an easement would eliminate 7 development rights; 2) the owners derive income from agricultural uses of the property; 3) the property lies within the watershed of the South Fork of the Rivanna River reservoir; 4) it has 34 acres of “prime” farm and forestland; and 5) the Owner wishes to maintain permanent riparian forest buffers along existing woodland streams.  Score: 15.80 points

 

Vital Statistics for Round 5 (Year 2004-05) ACE Properties

 

 

 

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