COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

AFD 2009-00001  Buck Mountain AF District Review

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST: Public hearing on periodic review of Buck Mountain AF District and on ordinance to amend County Code § 3-209, Buck Mountain Agricultural and Forestal District

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Messrs. Tucker, Foley, Davis, Kamptner, Graham, and Cilimberg

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

 

AGENDA DATE:

September 2, 2009

 

ACTION:     X          INFORMATION:   

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:              INFORMATION:   

 

 

ATTACHMENTS:   Yes

 

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

BACKGROUND:

The Buck Mountain Agricultural and Forestal District (the “District”) was created in 1989 and currently includes 11 parcels and 504 acres. (See Attachment A)  The District is located northwest of Free Union, in the area east of Free Union Road, south of Davis Shop Road, and west of Markwood Road.

 

Virginia Code § 15.2-4311 requires the periodic review of districts to determine whether they should continue, be modified, or be terminated unless the Board determines that review is unnecessary.  As part of this process, the District is reviewed by both the Agricultural and Forestal District Advisory Committee and the Planning Commission for their recommendations.  County Code § 3-209 identifies the parcels composing the District and specifies when the District must be reviewed.  During the review process, land within the District may be withdrawn at the owner’s discretion by filing a written notice with the Board any time before the Board acts on the review.

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

Goal 2: Protect the County’s Natural Resources

 

DISCUSSION:

The District primarily consists of large forested parcels and large farm parcels.  Three parcels in the District, as well as many nearby, are under conservation easements.  Of the 522 acres in the District, 137.70 acres are enrolled in the Agricultural category of the land use taxation program, and 141.69 acres are enrolled in the Forestry category.  Enrollment in these tax categories indicates active rural uses in the District.  In addition to agriculture and forestry, there are approximately five dwellings in the District.  The conservation of this area will help maintain the environmental integrity of the County and aid the protection of ground and surface water, agricultural soils, mountain resources, critical slopes and wildlife habitat.

 

The parcels identified in the proposed ordinance as being added are merely new parcel numbers assigned to parcels created from parcels already in the District. Tax map 17 parcels 26C1, 26C2 and 26C3 were created from tax map 17 parcel 26C.  Tax map 17 parcel 31 was changed to show that only a part of that parcel is in the district, as .91 acres of non-agricultural/forestal property was added to this parcel in a boundary line adjustment.

 

The Agricultural and Forestal District Advisory Committee and the Planning Commission have each reviewed the Buck Mountain Agricultural and Forestal District and each recommends that the District continue for another ten year period.  As of the date this Executive Summary was written, no owner within the District has requested that land be withdrawn.  

 

BUDGET IMPACT: None

 

RECOMMENDATIONS: After conducting a public hearing, staff recommends that the Board continue the Buck Mountain Agricultural and Forestal District for an additional ten-year period, and that it adopt the ordinance amending County Code § 3-209 (Attachment B) to update the parcels in the district and establishing the next review period.

 

ATTACHMENTS:

A – Staff report to the Planning Commission

B – Ordinance amending County Code § 3-209
View PC minutes February 3 and July 21, 2009

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