COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Acquisition of Conservation Easements (ACE) Ranking Order for FY 2005-06

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Request approval to appraise five properties from FY 2005-06 ACE applicant pool

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Tucker, Foley, Kamptner, Cilimberg, Benish, Goodall

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

 

AGENDA DATE:

May 3, 2006

 

ACTION:                                 INFORMATION:   

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:     X                       INFORMATION:   

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:      Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

  

BACKGROUND:

The Acquisition of Conservation Easements (ACE) Program received seven applications for the FY 2005-06 (Round 6) deadline.  Staff has evaluated each of the properties according to the ranking evaluation criteria identified in the ACE ordinance:  open space resources; threat of conversion to developed use; natural, scenic and cultural resources; and County fund leveraging from outside sources.  Based on the results of the evaluation, staff has determined eligibility and recommended a ranking order of the Round 6 applicants.  On March 15, 2006, the ACE Committee provided its recommendations to the Board of Supervisors.

 

As per sections A.1-110(G) and A.1-110(H) of the ACE ordinance, the Board of Supervisors shall review the list of ranked parcels submitted by the ACE Committee and identify on which parcels it desires conservation easements.   Each conservation easement identified by the Board of Supervisors to be purchased shall be appraised by an independent appraiser chosen by the County.

 

 

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”

 

 

DISCUSSION:

After evaluating each of the seven applications from FY 2005-06 (Round 6) and scoring them individually according to the “ranking evaluation criteria”, staff was able to determine the ranking order for this class.  This evaluation indicates that all but one property scored high enough to be eligible for ACE funding (see Attachment A).  The McLaughlin property did not score the requisite 15 points needed for eligibility.  In addition, the Givens property application is incomplete because a survey of the property (to sell off a small lot) has yet to be submitted.  Therefore, the ACE Committee recommends that the Board of Supervisors approve the appraisals of the top five (5) properties, which include: Huckleberry Farm, Chester, Fields, Hook and Motley.  An appraisal of the Givens property may be recommended at a later date, if they complete their application and the property scores high enough to be eligible.  Attachment B provides a general description of each of these properties in this class. 

 

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

There is no additional request for funding related to this request for action.  The future funding for the purchase of these potential conservation easements would come from both the CIP-Planning-Conservation budget (line-item 9010-81010-580409) and the CIP-Tourism-Conservation budget (line-item #9010-72030-580416), a budget previously approved by the Board to fund ACE properties with “tourism value”.  To avoid bearing the appraisal cost for a property that drops out of the ACE Program prematurely, the RFP requires the appraiser to submit bids on a per property basis.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

The ACE Committee recommends the Board approve proceeding with appraisals of the Huckleberry Hill Farm LLC, Chester, Fields, Hook and Motley properties.

 

 

ATTACHMENTS

A – Scoring and Ranking order of ACE Applications for Round 6 (FY 2005-06)

B – General Description of ACE Properties for Round 6 (FY 2005-06)

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