COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Natural Heritage Committee

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Approval of documents describing the committee, including duties, membership and rules of procedure.

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Messrs.: Tucker, Foley, Davis, Kamptner, Graham, Cilimberg, Benish, Clark

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

July 6, 2005

 

ACTION:         X                    INFORMATION:   

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:                             INFORMATION:   

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:   Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:

In November 2001, the Board of Supervisors authorized the creation of a Biodiversity Work Group (BWG), whose charge was to begin the Biodiversity Assessment of the County called for in the Natural Resource and Cultural Assets chapter of the Comprehensive Plan, and to advise the Board on the composition of a permanent advisory committee on biodiversity issues. The BWG was made up of citizen volunteers including local naturalists, professionals in biological and environmental sciences, and experts in environmental education. On December 1, 2004, the Board accepted the report of the Biodiversity Work Group.

 

On March 2, 2005, the Board authorized the creation of the standing Natural Heritage Committee, a technical advisory group on biodiversity issues, as recommended by the Natural Resources and Cultural Assets chapter of the Comprehensive Plan. On May 4, 2005 (see report in Attachment A), the Board considered the attached documents needed to define and set up the Committee (now labeled as attachments B through D), but postponed action in order to get more input.

 

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Goal: 2.1 Protect and/or preserve the County's rural character

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

Goal: 3.3 Develop and implement policies that address the county's growth and urbanization while continuing to enhance the factors that contribute to the quality of life in the county.

 

 

DISCUSSION:

The Board asked for more time to receive input from interested parties.  Following is a summary of the issues raised in e-mails from Board members (attachments F through J). These are open questions; no consensus has been reached yet.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends that the Board determine what changes it desires to make to the Committee’s Fact Sheet, Charge and Outline of Tasks, and Rules of Procedure, and direct staff to begin establishing the Committee based on those changes.  However, staff recommends that the Board defer implementation of Task F of the committee's charge until the committee has had the opportunity to propose guildelines to the Board regarding the review of development proposals.  The Board can then advise both staff and the committee regarding any protocol it may feel is necessary in the development review process.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

  1. May 4, 2005 Executive Summary
  2. May 4, 2005 Natural Heritage Committee Fact Sheet
  3. May 4, 2005 Natural Heritage Committee Charge and Outline of Tasks
  4. May 4, 2005 Natural Heritage Committee Rules of Procedure
  5. E-mail requesting Board input
  6. E-mail from Mrs. Thomas in response (June 9, 2005)
  7. E-mail from Mr. Rooker in response (June 9, 2005)
  8. E-mail from Mr. Graham in response (June 10, 2005)
  9. E-mail from Mr. Rooker in response (June 10, 2005)
  10. Proposed Revisions from Mr. Boyd to Fact Sheet, Charge and Outline of Tasks, and Rule of Procedure

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