Project Name: AFD2009-22; AFD2009-24; AFD2009-42; AFD2009-58 Lanark 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 Lanark Agricultural and Forestal District

Comprehensive Plan Designation: Rural Areas

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





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


Sec. 3-221 Lanark Agricultural and Forestal District.

The district known as the "Lanark Agricultural and Forestal District" consists of the following described properties: Tax map 90, parcels 12, 14A; tax map 90B, parcel A-11; tax map 91, parcels 21, 21A, 21B, 31; tax map 92, parcels 64, 64A; tax map 102, parcels 33, 35, 35A, 35B, 35C, 37, 40, 40B, 40C; tax map 103, parcels 1, 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F, 1G, 1H, 1J, 1K, 1L, 1M, 2A, 3, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3G, 5, 9, 9A, 9B, 9C, 9D, 9E, 9F, 10A, 10B, 10D, 43, 43L, 43L1, 43M, 68 (part). This district, created on April 20, 1988 for not more than 10 years and last reviewed on July 9, 2008, shall next be reviewed prior to July 9, 2018.

(Code 1988, § 2.1-4(k); Ord. 98-A(1), 8-5-98; Ord. 98-3(1), 9-9-98; Ord. 99-3(2), 2-10-99; Ord. 99-3(5),

10-6-99; Ord. 08-3(1), 7-9-08)


The District is located north of Overton and south of Ash Lawn-Highland (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 996.05 acres. An additional 47 parcels and 4,804.98 acres were added to the District between 1992 and 1999. The District now includes 52 parcels and 5,801.03 acres (Attachment B).


Agricultural and Forestal District Significance: Of the 5,801.03 acres that comprise the Lanark District, 443.69 acres are enrolled in the Agricultural category of the land-use taxation program, and 2,377.49 acres are enrolled in the Forestry category.


Land Use other than Agriculture and Forestry: In addition to agricultural and forestal uses, the Lanark District includes approximately 26 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 Lanark 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 Lanark District is located in the Moores Creek, Buck Island Creek, and North Fork Hardware River watersheds (Attachment C).


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



Four applications have been submitted requesting to add five parcels to the Lanark 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 Lanark Agricultural & Forestal District was created on March 20, 1988, and was last reviewed on July 9, 2008. The District currently includes 52 parcels and 5,793.45 acres. The proposed addition of five parcels totaling 150.00 acres would increase the total number of acres in the Lanark District to 5,943.45.     


The parcels, Tax Map 103, Parcels 2B, 43D, 43F, and 43J, are located east of Carter’s Mountain Road. The parcel, Tax Map 92, Parcel 64C, is located south of James Monroe Parkway (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 Lanark Agricultural and Forestal District.


Staff Recommendation:

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



A.     Lanark District - Proposed Additions

B.     Lanark District - History

C.     Lanark District - Conservation Easements & Zoning

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