COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

 

AGENDA TITLE:

AFD 2009-00002 Yellow Mountain AF District Review

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST: Public hearing on periodic review of Yellow Mountain AF District and on ordinance to amend County Code § 3-228, Yellow 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 Yellow Mountain Agricultural and Forestal District (the “District”) was created in 1989 and currently includes 18 parcels and 657 acres. (See Attachment A)  The District is located in three clusters: (1) southwest of the Interstate 64W/Route 250W interchange; (2) north of Batesville flanked by Dick Woods Road and Plank Road; and (3) south of Plank Road, east of Ortman Road and north of Dick Woods 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 § 3-228 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  During the review process, land within the District may be withdrawn at the owner’s discretion by filing a written notice with the Board any time before the Board acts on the review.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.  Five parcels in the District, as well as many nearby, are under conservation easements.  Of the 657 acres in the District, 161.20 acres are enrolled in the Agricultural category of the land use taxation program, and 235.75 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 23 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 54 parcel 71B and tax map 71 parcel 2B were created from tax map 55 parcel 15.  Tax map 70 parcels 37B1(part) and 37D(part) were created from tax map 70 parcel 37B.

 

The Agricultural and Forestal District Advisory Committee and the Planning Commission have each reviewed the Yellow 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 Yellow Mountain Agricultural and Forestal District for an additional ten-year period, and that it adopt the ordinance amending County Code § 3-228 (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 § 3-228
View PC minutes of February 3 and July 21, 2009

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