Attachment B

 

General Description of Round 6 (Year 2005-06) ACE Properties

 

 

1.      Huckleberry Hill Farm, LLC (264.525 acres) - Huckleberry Hill Farm lies approximately 1 mile north of Earlysville in the Simmon’s Gap area of Albemarle County.  The land is composed of gently rolling woodland and pasture that is dissected by Beaverdam Creek, which slowly meanders through the property.  Due to the exceptional quality of this stream, the Division of Natural Heritage believes it may provide suitable habitat for two threatened or endangered freshwater mussels.  The primary source of points from the ranking criteria include: 1) the property is a working family farm; 2) it is a large tract; 3) it has occurrences listed on the state Natural Heritage inventory (the fresh water mussels); 4) the property contains historic resources registered with the Virginia Landmark Registry  and National Landmark of Historic Places; 5) an easement would eliminate 16 usable development rights; 6) the farm contains around 150 acres of “prime” farmland; and 7) it lies within the watershed of the South Fork of the Rivanna River reservoir .  Score: 32.86 points.

 

2.      Fields Property (110.810 acres) - the Fields property lies nearly 3 miles east of Keswick in eastern Albemarle County.  It consists of rolling Piedmont pasture and woodland with an extensive bottom along Mechunk Creek.  With three of the surrounding farms already under easement, the protection of this property would create an even larger block of protected land. The primary source of points from the ranking criteria include: 1) the property has over 4,100 feet of common boundary with three other protected properties; 2) it has around 1,200 feet of road frontage on State Road 600; 3) it has 68 acres of “prime” farm and forestland; 3) an easement would eliminate 9 usable development rights; and 4) the owner derives income from farm uses of the property.  Score: 24.50 points

 

3.      Hook Property (120.130 acres) - the Hook property is located approximately 4 miles west of Bateville in the western part of Albemarle County.  It consists of wooded mountainland and open grazing land along the headwaters of the Mechums River.  The primary source of points from the ranking criteria include: 1) it has nearly 1,200 feet of frontage on State Road 636; 2) it contains 70 acres of “prime” farm and forestland; 3) it has 180 feet of common boundary with another property under easement; 4) an easement would eliminate 9 usable development rights; 5) the owner derives income from farm uses of the property including grazing and timber harvesting; and 6) the property lies within the watershed of the South Fork of the Rivanna River reservoir; and 7) the Owner wishes to maintain permanent riparian forest buffers along the Mechums River and other woodland streams.  Score: 24.36 points

 

4.      Chester Property (76.461 acres) - the Chester property is located less than 1 mile west of Cismont in the Keswick Hunt Country.  It is composed of rolling woodland and pasture at the foot of the Southwest Mountains, an historic area known for its fine estates and fertile soils.  Since much of the surrounding land is already under easement, the protection of this property would fill an important gap and link it to other protected farms in the Southwest Mountains.  The primary source of points from the ranking criteria include: 1) the property has over 1,800 feet of common boundary with another protected property; 2) it has nearly around 1,750 feet of road frontage on State Road 600 (Stony Point Gap Road); 3) the property lies in the Southwest Mountains Rural Historic District; 4) it has 45 acres of “prime” farm and forestland (Davidson clay loams); and 5) an easement would eliminate 10 usable development rights. Score: 22.83 points.

 

 

5.      Motley Property (36.600 acres) - the Motley property lies less than 1 mile east of Cismont in the Keswick Hunt Country.  With long frontage on Route 231, a state scenic highway and major entrance corridor, the property is highly visible and provides significant tourism value.  Currently, the property is composed of both open pasture and woodland.  The primary source of points from the ranking criteria include: 1) the property has >1,100 feet of road frontage on Route 231, a state scenic highway and major entrance corridor; 2) it has over 1,500 feet of common boundary with another protected property; 3) the property lies in the Southwest Mountains Rural Historic District; 4) the owner derives income from grazing and raising livestock;; 5) the owner wishes to maintain permanent riparian forest buffers along two perennial woodland streams; and 6) it contains 26 acres of “prime” farm and forestland.  Score: 18.64 points

 

6.      Givens Property (125.000 acres) – the Givens property is located 3 miles south of Batesville in the Castle Rock Mountain area of southern Albemarle County.  It is characterized by steep, wooded mountainland with high ridgetops surrounding a deep, streamfed hollow.  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 2,760 feet of common boundary with another protected property; 3) it has 80 acres of “prime” forestland; 4) the property has 27 acres of “ridge area boundary” within the mountain overlay district of Castle Rock Mountain; 5) the owner wishes to maintain permanent riparian forest buffers along 4,500 feet on two perennial woodland streams; 6) the property is fairly large.  Score: 21.37+ points *incomplete application*

 

7.      McLaughlin Property (81.498 acres) – the McLaughlin property lies 1 mile north of Boonesville near the Greene County line.  It occupies a wide hollow that is surrounded by two mountain ridges from which a perennial mountain stream flows.  Access to the property comes a cross an existing right-of-way.  The primary source of points from the ranking criteria include: 1) an easement would eliminate 2 development rights; 2) the property lies within the watershed of the South Fork of the Rivanna River reservoir; 3) the owner depends on income derived by products of the land; 4) it has 25 acres of “prime” forestland); and 5) the Owner wishes to maintain permanent riparian forest buffers along 2,400 feet of existing woodland streams.  Score: 13.93 points                                                 *ineligible application*

 

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