COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

STAFF REPORT SUMMARY

 

Project Name: AFD2009-11; AFD2009-12; AFD2009-37; AFD2009-46; AFD2009-50; AFD2009-51; AFD2009-52; AFD2009-64 Carterís Bridge AFD Additions

Staff: Eryn Brennan, Senior Planner

Planning Commission Public Hearing:  November 10, 2009

Board of Supervisors Public Hearing: December 2, 2009

Proposal:  Additions to the Carterís Bridge Agricultural and Forestal District

Comprehensive Plan Designation: Rural Areas

 

RECOMMENDATION: That the Planning Commission recommend approval of the additions to the Carterís Bridge Agricultural and Forestal District.

 

 

THE CARTERíS BRIDGE AGRICULTURAL AND FORESTAL DISTRICT

 

The Albemarle County Code currently contains this description of the District:

 

Sec. 3-210 Carter's Bridge Agricultural and Forestal District.

 

The district known as the "Carter's Bridge Agricultural and Forestal District" consists of the following described properties: Tax map 101, parcels 55A, 60; tax map 102, parcels 17A, 17B, 17B1, 17D, 18, 19, 19A, 19C, 20B; tax map 111, parcel 48; tax map 112, parcels 3, 15, 15A, 16E, 16E1, 16E2, 16F2, 18H, 19E, 19F, 20, 21, 33A, 37D; tax map 113, parcels 1, 1A, 6A, 11A, 11F, 11F1, 11F2, 11F3, 11G, 11G1, 11G2, 11H, 11I, 11J, 11K; tax map 114, parcels 25A, 30, 31B, 31C, 31D, 51, 55, 56, 67C, 67D, 67E, 67F, 67G, 67H, 68, 69, 70; tax map 115, parcel 10; tax map 122, parcels 4, 4A, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 12N, 33, 33A, 36; tax map 124, parcel 11. This district, created on April 20, 1988 for not more than ten years and last reviewed on July 9, 2008, shall next be reviewed prior to July 9, 2018.

(Code 1988, ß 2.1-4(j); Ord. 98-A(1), 8-5-98; Ord. 98-3(1), 9-9-98; Ord. 99-3(2), 2-10-99; Ord. 99-3(4), 5-12-99; Ord. 08-3(1), 7-9-08)

 

The Carterís Bridge Agricultural and Forestal District is located in the Carterís Bridge, Keene, and Blenheim areas (Attachment A)  The district is characterized by evergreen and deciduous forest, open pasture, agricultural fields, hedgerows, as well as occasional residential and agricultural buildings.

 

The District was created in 1988, and originally included 8,036.40 acres. In 1990, 29 parcels were added, in 1997 four parcels were added, in 1999 six parcels were added, in 2005 one parcel was added, in 2007 one parcel was added, and in 2008 one parcel was added. However, during the 1998 review 13 parcels were removed, and an additional 11 parcels were removed during the 2008 review. The District now includes 75 parcels and 8,133.61 acres (Attachment B). 

  

Agricultural and Forestal District Significance: Of the 8,133.61 acres that comprise the Carterís Bridge District, 5,108.39 acres are enrolled in the Forestry category of the land-use taxation program, while 1,334.37 are enrolled in the Agricultural category. An additional 19.91 acres are enrolled in Horticulture. 

 

Land Use other than Agriculture and Forestry:  In addition to agricultural and forestry uses, the district includes 41 dwellings.

 

Local Development Patterns: The District primarily consists of large forested parcels and large farm parcels. Several parcels in the District are under conservation easements (Attachment C).

 

Comprehensive Plan Designation and Zoning Districts: The Carterís Bridge District is entirely designated as Rural Areas in the Comprehensive Plan, and the parcels included in the District are zoned RA Rural Areas. The parcels adjoining the parcels in the District are all zoned RA Rural Areas as well. (Attachment C).

 

Environmental Benefits: The District includes woodland and agricultural fields. Protecting and preserving these properties in an Agricultural and Forestal District will help protect forest and rich farm land, which the Comprehensive Plan and Rural Areas Zoning Ordinances seek to preserve.  Conservation of this area will help maintain the environmental integrity of the County and aids in the protection of ground and surface water, agricultural soils, and wildlife habitat. The Carterís Bridge District is located primarily in the Hardware River and James River-Little George Creek watersheds; however, a few parcels are located in the South Fork Hardware River watershed (Attachment C).

 

Time Period: The Carterís Bridge District is currently on a 10-year review cycle. The District is scheduled to be reviewed on July 9, 2018.

 

Proposal:

Eight applications have been submitted requesting to add ten parcels to the Carterís Bridge Agricultural and Forestal District, in accordance with Chapter 3, Sections 3-101, 3-201, 3-203 and 3-215 of the Albemarle County Code, which allows for additions of land to Agricultural and Forestal Districts.  The Carterís Bridge Agricultural and Forestal District was created on March 20, 1988, and was last reviewed on July 9, 2008. The District currently includes 75 parcels and 8,133.61 acres. The proposed addition of ten parcels totaling 492.33 acres would increase the total number of acres in the Carterís Bridge District to 8,625.94.     

 

The parcels, Tax Map 114, Parcels 57, 57C, and 57D, are located east of Eyeland Drive. The parcel, Tax Map 130, Parcel 19B, is located north of Scottsville Road. The parcel, Tax Map 123, Parcel 13B, is located south of Coles Rolling Road. The parcel, Tax Map 112, Parcel 1, is located south of Red Hill Road. The parcel, Tax Map 122, Parcels 12D and 12E, are located south of Glendower Road. The parcel, Tax Map 114, Parcel 2, is located south of Isolina Lane. The parcel, Tax Map 102, Parcel 17C, is located north of Scottsville Road and east of Red Hill Road (Attachment A).

 

The parcels are zoned Rural Areas with agricultural, forestal, and fishery uses as the preferred land use and includes a residential density of .5 unit per acre.  The Comprehensive Plan identifies these parcels as Rural Areas; focusing on the preservation and protection of agricultural, forestal, open space, and natural, historic and scenic resources, including a residential density of .5 units per acre.

 

Agricultural and Forestal Districts Advisory Committee Recommendation: On October 19, 2009, the Agricultural and Forestal District Advisory Committee recommended approval of the proposed additions to the Carterís Bridge Agricultural and Forestal District.

 

Staff Recommendation:

Staff recommends that the Planning Commission recommend approval of the proposed additions to the Carterís Bridge Agricultural and Forestal District.

 

Attachments:

A.     Carterís Bridge District - Proposed Additions

B.     Carterís Bridge District - History

C.     Carterís Bridge District - Conservation Easements & Zoning
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