COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Acquisition of Conservation Easements (ACE) Ranking Order for FY 2008-09 Applicant Class

 

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Authorize staff to appraise six properties from FY 2008-09 ACE applicant class

 

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Messrs. Tucker, Foley, Davis, Herrick, Cilimberg, Benish and Goodall

 

 

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

March 11, 2009

 

ACTION:                INFORMATION:   

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:   X          INFORMATION:   

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:   Yes

 

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

BACKGROUND:

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 parcels on which it desires to acquire conservation easements.  Each conservation easement identified by the Board for purchase is appraised by an independent appraiser chosen by the County.

 

Eleven (11) ACE applications were submitted for the Round 9 class (FY 2008-09) by the October 31, 200 deadline.  Six of the applications (McDaniel, Mike Hudson, Thurman, Rives, Barksdale and Rushia) were re-enrolled from the previous year because the County was unable to acquire ACE easements on those properties due to funding limitations.  Staff has evaluated the properties of each of the Round 9 applicants according to the ACE Ordinance ranking evaluation criteria.  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 the eligibility of the properties and has placed them in ranking order (see Attachment A).  These results were presented to the ACE Committee at its February 9, 2009 meeting. 

 

 

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:

The evaluation of the eleven applications from Round 9 has determined that nine (9) properties scored high enough to be eligible for ACE funding.  With $1,640,000 of appropriated funding available for this class, the ACE Committee believes that the County can acquire ACE easements on the 5 or 6 highest ranked properties.  Based on the final ranking order and eligibility status of the Round 9 properties, the ACE Committee recommends that the Board authorize staff to acquire appraisals for the six (6) highest ranked properties: McDaniel, Garnett (E.N.), Hudson (Michael), Magerfield, Hudson (Charles) and Thurman.  Although the total ACE budget for FY 2008-09 may be insufficient for purchasing easements on all six properties, the ACE Committee believes it is prudent to obtain appraisals on more properties than funding will allow in the event that additional funding becomes available or some higher ranking applicants withdraw their application from the Program. 


 

The acquisition of easements on the six highest ranked properties would eliminate 65 development rights and result in the protection of the following resources: