COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

STAFF REPORT SUMMARY

 

Project Name: AFD2009-36; AFD2009-69; AFD2009-70 Eastham 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 Eastham Agricultural and Forestal District

Comprehensive Plan Designation: Rural Areas

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

 

 

 

THE EASTHAM AGRICULTURAL AND FORESTAL DISTRICT

 

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

 

Sec. 3-212 Eastham Agricultural and Forestal District.

The district known as the "Eastham Agricultural and Forestal District" consists of the following described properties: Tax map 63, parcels 1, 1A, 1A1, 2, 4, 14G, 14H, 14I, 26, 26A, 27, 28, 28A, 30F, 30G, 41A, 41A1, 41A2. This district, created on October 2, 1985 for not more than 10 years and last reviewed on April 14, 2004, shall next be reviewed prior to April 14, 2014.

(12-8-93; 5-11-94; Code 1988, 2.1-4(c); Ord. 98-A(1), 8-5-98; Ord. 04-3(2), 4-14-04)

 

The Eastham Agricultural and Forestal District is located around Eastham on Stony Point Road (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 1985, and originally included 898.00 acres. In 1997, one parcel and 2.09 acres were added. The District now includes 18 parcels and 900.09 acres (Attachment B). 

  

Agricultural and Forestal District Significance: Of the 900.09 acres that comprise the Eastham District, 103.42 acres are enrolled in the Forestry category of the land-use taxation program, while 174.61 acres are enrolled in the Agricultural category.

 

Land Use other than Agriculture and Forestry:  In addition to agricultural and forestry uses, the district includes 20 dwellings.

 

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

 

Comprehensive Plan Designation and Zoning Districts: The Eastham 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 Eastham District is located in both the North Fork Rivanna River-Flannigan Branch and the Upper Rivanna River watersheds (Attachment C).

 

Time Period: The Eastham District is currently on a 10-year review cycle. The District is scheduled to be reviewed on March 14, 2014.

 

Proposal:

Three applications have been submitted requesting to add three parcels to the Eastham 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 Eastham Agricultural & Forestal District was created on October 2, 1985, and was last reviewed on March 14, 2004. The District currently includes 18 parcels and 900.09 acres. The proposed addition of three parcels totaling 101.46 acres would increase the total number of acres in the Eastham District to 1,001.55.     

 

The parcels, Tax Map 46, Parcels 91E, 91B, and 91C, are located west of Quarles 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 Eastham Agricultural and Forestal District.

 

Staff Recommendation:

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

 

Attachments:

A.     Eastham District - Proposed Additions

B.     Eastham District - History

C.     Eastham District - Conservation Easements & Zoning

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