Attachment “B”

 

General Description of Round 7 (Year 2006-07) ACE Properties

 

 

1.      Clayton Property (228.500 acres) - the Clayton property lies 2 miles east of Crozet in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The land is composed of woodland and fertile pastureland surrounding the Beaver Creek Reservoir, the primary water supply reservoir for Crozet.  The main source of points from the ranking criteria include: 1) the property has >6,700 feet of boundary along the Beaver Creek Reservoir; 2) it has 124 acres of “prime” farm and forestland; 3) it has >1,500 feet along Route 240; 4) it is a working family farm; 5) the property contains historic farm structures from the 18th and 19th century; 6) an easement would eliminate 10 usable development rights; and 7) it lies within the watershed of the South Fork of the Rivanna River Reservoir and the Beaver Creek Reservoir.  Score: 47.08 points.

 

2.      Strawberry Hill Farm (329.920 acres) - Strawberry Hill Farm lies approximately 4 miles northeast of Cismont in the historic Southwest Mountains of Albemarle County, an area with a large concentration of properties under easement.  With over 3,700 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) it has almost 3,000 feet of common boundary with 2 other properties under easement; 2) it has 3,761 feet of road frontage on Route 231 – a Virginia Byway and major entrance corridor; 3) it lies in the Southwest Mountains Rural Historic District; 4) it has 206 acres of “prime” farm and forestland (Davidson red clay loams); and 5) an easement would eliminate 14 usable development rights. Score: 46.91 points

 

3.      McDaniel Property (192.978 acres) - the McDaniel property, Donegal Farm, lies 4 miles southwest of Scottsville near the old Warren Ferry.  A working farm with 19th century farm structures, the property consists of farm and forestland and approximately 50 acres of James River bottomland.  The primary source of points from the ranking criteria include: 1) it has over 4,300 feet of frontage on SR 627 and 726; 2) it contains 134 acres of “prime” forestland; 3) it lies near a Nature Conservancy easement; 4) an easement would eliminate 21 usable development rights; 5) the property has 2,150 feet along the James River; and 6) the Owner wishes to establish a permanent, 100 foot wide riparian forest buffer along the James River. Score: 45.27 points

 

4.      Anderson Property (186.760 acres) - the Anderson property is located approximately 9 miles south of Charlottesville near Walton Middle School.  It lies in the Green Mountains and is in the proposed Southern Albemarle Rural Historic District, an historic area known for its beautiful estates and highly productive farmland.  In addition, it has long frontage on Hardware River and the South Fork of the Hardware Rivers.  The primary source of points from the ranking criteria include: 1) the property has over 7,000 feet of frontage on the Hardware and South Fork of the Hardware Rivers; 2) it has 5,100 feet of road frontage on State Roads 717 and 708; 3) it has 147 acres of “prime” farm and forestland (Davidson clay loams); 4) an easement would eliminate 11 usable development rights; 5) Smooth Sweet-shrub, a threatened species, has been documented just downstream of the property; and 6) the Owner wishes to maintain permanent riparian forest buffers along the Hardware River and South Fork of the Hardware River.  Score: 42.55 points.

 

5.      Sacre Property (66.360 acres) – the Sacre property lies approximately 5 miles north of Cismont in the heart of the historic Southwest Mountains, an area with numerous properties under easement.  The headwaters of Blue Run pass through the property.  The primary source of points from the ranking criteria include: 1) it has over 2,000 feet of common boundary with 2 other properties under easement; 2) it has 2,687 feet of road frontage on SR 777; 3) it lies in the Southwest Mountains Rural Historic District; 4) it has 41 acres of “prime” farm and forestland (Davidson red clay loams); 4) the landowner is a single, retired woman who has lived on this land her entire life; and 6) an easement would eliminate 6 usable development rights. Score: 25.51 points

 

6.       Barksdale Property (153.010 acres) – the Barksdale property is located 9 miles southwest of Charlottesville on the west side of Old Lynchburg Road where it is adjacent to Walnut Creek Park.  The land consists of both open pasture and mature hardwoods on rolling Piedmont terrain.  The primary source of points from the ranking criteria include: 1) the property has 1,076 feet of common boundary with Walnut Creek Park; 2) it has 105 acres of “prime” farm and forestland; 3) an easement would eliminate 7 usable development rights; 4) it has over 1,000 feet of frontage on SR 631 (Old Lynchburg Road). Score: 23.09 points

 

7.       Rives Property (71.701 acres) – a re-enrollment from last year, 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 16 usable 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: 23.01 points

 

8.       Rushia Property (86.700 acres) – a re-enrollment from last year, 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 usable 6 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: 22.50 points

 

9.      Jensen/Barnett Property (91.071 acres) – a re-enrollment from last year, 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 6 usable 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: 15.90 points

 

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