COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

STAFF REPORT SUMMARY

 

 

Project Name: AFD2009-43 Fox Mountain AFD - Creation

Staff: Eryn Brennan, Senior Planner

Planning Commission Public Hearing:  November 10, 2009

Board of Supervisors Public Hearing: December 2, 2009 

Proposal: Creation of the Fox Mountain Agricultural and Forestal District

Comprehensive Plan Designation: Rural Areas

 

RECOMMENDATION: That the Planning Commission recommend approval of the creation of the Fox Mountain Agricultural and Forestal District.

 

 

THE FOX MOUNTAIN AGRICULTURAL AND FORESTAL DISTRICT

 

Proposal: One application has been submitted requesting to create the Fox Mountain 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 the creation of Agricultural and Forestal Districts. The proposed District would include one parcel and 283.77 acres. The proposed District is located east of Browns Cove (Attachment A). The district is characterized by primarily wooded hills covered with evergreen and deciduous forest, with some open pasture.

 

Agricultural and Forestal District Significance: Of the 283.77 acres that comprise the proposed Fox Mountain District, 260.74 acres are enrolled in the Forestry category of the land-use taxation program, and 23.03 are enrolled in the Agricultural category.

 

Land Use other than Agriculture and Forestry: The proposed Fox Mountain District has no dwellings and is used primarily as open space.

 

Local Development Patterns: Several parcels adjacent to the proposed District are under conservation easements (Attachment B).

 

Comprehensive Plan Designation and Zoning Districts: The proposed Fox Mountain 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 proposed District are all zoned RA Rural Areas as well (Attachment B).

 

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.

 

Environmental Benefits: The proposed 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 proposed Fox Mountain District is located in the Doyles River watershed (Attachment B).

 

Time Period: The proposed Fox Mountain District would be under a 10-year review cycle, and would be scheduled to be reviewed by December 2, 2019.

 

Agricultural and Forestal Districts Advisory Committee Recommendation: On October 19, 2009, the Agricultural and Forestal District Advisory Committee recommended approval of the Fox Mountain District for a 10-year period.

 

Staff Recommendation:

Staff recommends that the Planning Commission recommend approval of the creation of the Fox Mountain Agricultural and Forestal District, and that the first review be conducted by December 2, 2019.

 

 

Attachments:

A.     Fox Mountain District - Proposed Addition

B.     Fox Mountain District - Conservation Easements & Zoning

Return to regular agenda