COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE
Acquisition of Conservation Easements (ACE) Ranking Order for FY 2007-08 Applicant Class
Request approval to appraise seven properties from FY 2007-08 ACE applicant pool
Messrs. Tucker, Foley, Davis, Kamptner, Cilimberg, Benish and Goodall
LEGAL REVIEW: Yes
May 7, 2008
ACTION: X INFORMATION:
Pursuant to sections A.1-110(G) and A.1-110(H) of the ACE Ordinance, the Board of Supervisors reviews the list of ranked parcels submitted by the ACE Committee and identifies on which parcels it desires conservation easements. Each conservation easement identified by the Board of Supervisors for purchase is appraised by an independent appraiser chosen by the County.
The Acquisition of Conservation Easements (ACE) Program received fourteen (14) applications for the October 31, 2007, Round 8 deadline (FY 2007-08). Four of these applications (Rives, Barksdale, Rushia, and Jensen/Barnett) were re-enrolled properties from last year’s application cycle. Given available funding, the ACE Program was unable to acquire easements on these properties last year. Since the recent application deadline, staff has evaluated each of the Round 8 properties according to the ranking evaluation criteria identified in the ACE Ordinance. These objective criteria include: 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 a “final” ranking order for applicants from Round 8 of the ACE Program (Attachment A). These results were presented to the ACE Committee at its meeting on March 31, 2008.
Goal 2.1 – “Protect and/or preserve the County’s rural character”
Goal 2.2 – “Protect and/or preserve the County’s natural resources”
The acquisition of easements on the top seven ranked properties would eliminate 73 development rights and result in the protection of the following resources:
1,151.23 acres of farm and forestland, of which 689 acres are “prime” farm and forestland
There is no additional request for funding related to this 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.” Staff will continue to pursue outside funding sources to supplement the ACE Program funding. Potential sources of outside funding include the Office of Farmland Preservation, the Preservation Trust Fund, and the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation.
Staff recommends that the Board of Supervisors, as recommended by the ACE Committee:
1) Approve the final ranking order for Round 8 (FY 2007-08) as shown on Attachment A and identify the Anderson, Garnett, Hudson (Michael), Riddervold, Dutnell, Hudson (Fred) and Thurman properties as those on which it seeks to purchase conservation easements; and
2) Authorize appraisals for the Anderson, Garnett, Hudson (Michael), Riddervold, Dutnell, Hudson (Fred) and Thurman properties.
A – Ranking Order of ACE Applicants from Round 8 (FY 2007-08)
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