COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

STAFF REPORT SUMMARY

 

Project Name:  AFD200900004 Chalk Mountain AFD Review

Staff: Scott Clark

Planning Commission Public Hearing: October 6, 2009

Board of Supervisors Public Hearing: November 4, 2009

RECOMMENDATION: That the Planning Commission recommend renewal of the Chalk Mountain District for a 10-year period.

 

 

The Albemarle County Code currently contains this description of the Chalk Mountain district:

 

Sec. 3-211 Chalk Mountain Agricultural and Forestal District.

The district known as the "Chalk Mountain Agricultural and Forestal District" consists of the

following described properties: Tax map 97, parcels 21, 21A, 21B, 22; tax map 98, parcels 11, 12, 13, 14; tax map 99, parcel 30. This district, created on September 6, 1989 for not more than 10 years and last reviewed on October 6, 1999, shall next be reviewed prior to September 6, 2009.

 

The district is located on the west side of US 29, north of Covesville and east of Heards Mountain. The district is located in the watersheds of the North Fork and South Fork Hardware Rivers, which drain to the James River.

 

The district was created in October, 1999. No parcels have been withdrawn from the district since it was created. The district includes 1,560.6 acres.

 

Landowners may withdraw their parcels from districts by right during a renewal at anytime before the Board of Supervisors takes final action to continue, modify, or terminate the district. No landowners have requested withdrawal yet.

 

Agricultural and Forestal District Significance: Nearly the entire district is forested, with a few open pasture areas. Prime and Locally Important agricultural soils cover less than a quarter of the district, and are found on the less-severe slopes. However, the soils of the entire district are rated highly for hardwood production, including soils favorable for black walnut production along the streams.

 

Land Use other than Agriculture and Forestry: In addition to agricultural and forestal uses, the district includes a relatively small number of residences. Aerial photos do not indicate the presence of other significant land uses.

 

Local Development Patterns: The district is largely made up of forested land, as are the surroundings. The area includes some land in smaller residential lots, but is largely rural in character. No parcels in the District are under conservation easement, but several adjacent and/or nearby parcels are.

 

Comprehensive Plan Designation and Zoning Districts: The Chalk Mountain district is entirely designated as Rural Areas in the Comprehensive Plan, and the parcels included in the district are zoned RA Rural Areas.

 

Environmental Benefits: Conservation of this area will help maintain the environmental integrity of the County and aids in the protection of groundwater, agricultural soils, mountain resources, critical slopes, and wildlife habitat.

 

Time Period: The Chalk Mountain District is currently on a 10-year review cycle.

 

Agricultural-Forestal Districts Advisory Committee recommendation: At its meeting on August 24, 2009, the Committee voted unanimously to recommend that the Board renew the Chalk Mountain District for a 10-year period.

 

Staff recommendation: That the Planning Commission recommend renewal of the Chalk Mountain District for a 10-year period.

 

 

Attachment

A.                Chalk Mountain AFD Map
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