RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE COUNTY EXECUTIVE TO ENTER INTO OPEN SPACE USE AGREEMENTS WITH LANDOWNERS

 

            WHEREAS, Albemarle County has established a special land assessment program for the preservation of real estate devoted to open space pursuant to Virginia Code 58.1-3233; and

 

WHEREAS, a landowner may qualify for the special land assessment program for the preservation of open space upon the execution and recordation of a written open space use agreement between the landowner and the Board of Supervisors; and

 

WHEREAS, to qualify for the special land assessment program for the preservation of open space, the real estate to be entered into the program must meet the general and specific standards promulgated by the Director of the Department of Conservation and Historic Resources as set forth in the Manual of the State Land Evaluation Advisory Council; and

 

WHEREAS, certain landowners have requested that the Board of Supervisors enter into Open Space Use Agreements for the preservation of certain land owned by them for the purposes of qualifying for the special land assessment program under the open space category.

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors authorizes the County Executive, on behalf of the County, to execute Open Space Use Agreements with landowners whose land meets the general and specific standards as promulgated by the Director of the Department of Conservation and Historic Resources for entering into an Open Space Use Agreement committing the landowner not to change the use of the land to a nonqualifying use for a time period of 4-10 years, provided that such Agreements apply to an entire parcel and are approved as to form and content by the County Attorney.

 

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