Project Name: AFD2009-63 Ivy Creek 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 Ivy Creek Agricultural and Forestal District

Comprehensive Plan Designation: Rural Areas 

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





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


Sec. 3-217 Ivy Creek Agricultural and Forestal District.

The district known as the “Ivy Creek Agricultural and Forestal District” consists of the following described properties: Tax map 44, parcels 20, 20A, 20B, 20C, 20D, 20E, 20F, 20G, 21D, 35, 35A; tax map 45, parcels 5F, 5F4, 7A. This district, created on November 2, 1988 for not more than 7 years, since amended at its last review on July 9, 2003 to continue for not more than 10 years, shall next be reviewed prior to July 9, 2013.

(4-14-93; 2-14-96; Code 1988, § 2.1-4(n); Ord. 98-A(1), 8-5-98; Ord. 03-3(1), 7-9-03)


The District is located in the Clearview Knolls area of Albemarle County (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 315.12 acres. An additional 195.75 acres were added to the District in 1998. However, during the 2003 review, 284.31 acres were removed. The District now includes 16 parcels and 226.56 acres (Attachment B).


Agricultural and Forestal District Significance: Of the 226.56 acres that comprise the Ivy Creek District, 38.90 acres are enrolled in the Agriculture category of land-use valuation, and 30.43 are enrolled in the Forestry category.


Land Use other than Agriculture and Forestry: In addition to agricultural and forestal uses, the Ivy Creek District includes approximately 8 dwellings.


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


Comprehensive Plan Designation and Zoning Districts: The Ivy Creek 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 Ivy Creek District is located in the South Fork Rivanna and Ivy Creek watersheds (Attachment C).


Time Period: The Ivy Creek District is currently on a 10-year review cycle. The District is scheduled to be reviewed on July 19, 2013.



One application has been submitted requesting to add five parcels to the Ivy Creek 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 Ivy Creek Agricultural & Forestal District was created on November 2, 1988 and was last reviewed on July 9, 2003. The District currently includes 16 parcels and 226.56 acres. The proposed addition of five parcels totaling 128.99 acres would increase the total number of acres in the Ivy Creek District to 355.55.     


The parcels, Tax Map 44, Parcels 19, 19A, 19B, 21A1, and 21A2, are located north of Barracks Farm Road and south of Woodlands 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 Ivy Creek Agricultural and Forestal District.


Staff Recommendation:

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



A.     Ivy Creek District - Proposed Addition

B.     Ivy Creek District - History

C.     Ivy Creek District - Conservation Easements & Zoning

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