Project Name: AFD2009-8; AFD2009-9; AFD2009-10; AFD2009-35; AFD2009-61; AFD2009-68; AFD2009-74 Moorman’s River 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 Moorman’s River Agricultural and Forestal District

Comprehensive Plan Designation: Rural Areas


RECOMMENDATION: That the Planning Commission recommend approval of the additions to the Moorman’s River Agricultural and Forestal District.





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


Sec. 3-222 Moorman's River Agricultural and Forestal District.

The district known as the "Moorman's River Agricultural- and Forestal District" consists of the following described properties: Tax map 27, parcels 32, 34, 34A, 40, 40A, 40A1, 42, 42A; tax map 28, parcels 2, 2A, 3, 4, 5, 6, 6A, 6B, 7, 7A, 7A1, 7B, 8, 12, 12A, 12B, 13, 17A, 17C, 18, 23B, 23B1, 30, 30A, 30B 32B, 32D, 34B, 35, 35B, 37, 37A, 37B, 37C, 38; tax map 29, parcels 2C, 4E, 8, 8B, 8E, 8E1, 8H, 8J, 8K, 9, 10, 15C, 40B, 40C, 40D, 49C, 50, 54A, 61, 62, 63, 63A, 63D, 67C, 69D, 69F, 70A, 70B, 70C, 70F, 70F1, 70G, 70H1, 70K, 70L, 70M, 71, 71A, 73B, 74A, 76, 78, 79C, 80, 84, 85; tax map 30, parcels 10, 10A, 12, 12C, 12D, 17A, 18E; tax map 41, parcels 8, 8B, 8C, 8D, 9E, 15, 15A, 17C, 18, 41C, 41H, 44, 50, 67, 67B, 68, 70, 72, 72B, 72C, 72D, 89; tax map 42, parcels 5, 6, 6B, 7, 8, 8A, 8C, 10, 10A, 10D, 37F, 37J, 38, 40, 40C, 40D, 40D1, 40G, 40H2, 41, 42B, 43, 43A, 44; tax map 43, parcels 1, 3, 3A, 3C, 3D, 4C, 4D, 5, 5A, 9, 10, 16B2, 16B3, 18E4, 18G, 18J, 19I, 19N, 19P, 20A, 20B, 20C, 2l, 21A, 24, 25A, 25B, 30, 30A, 30B, 30D, 30G, 30H, 30M, 30N, 32H, 33, 33E, 34D1, 41, 42, 43, 43A1, 44, 45, 45C, 45D; tax map 44, parcels 1, 2, 24, 26, 26A, 26C, 27B, 27C, 28, 29, 29A, 29D, 30, 30A, 30B, 31, 31A, 31A1, 31D, 31F, 31G; tax map 57, parcel 69; tax map 59, parcels 32, 32A, 34, 35, 82A. This district, created on December 17, 1986 for not more than ten years and last reviewed on December 1, 2004, shall be next reviewed prior to December 1, 2014.

(4-14-93; 12-21-94; 4-12-95; 8-9-95; Code 1988, § 2.1-4(g); Ord. 98-A(1), 8-5-98; Ord. 99-3(4), 5-12-99;

Ord. 00-3(1), 4-19-00; Ord. 04-3(4), 12-1-04; Ord. 05-3(2), 7-6-05; Ord. 08-3(2), 8-6-08)


The District is located in the Whitehall, Owensville, and Free Union 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 1986, and originally included 7,158.19 acres. An additional 95 parcels and 4,343.47 acres were added to the District between 1988 and 2008. However, 538.20 acres were removed during the 2004 review. The District currently includes 249 parcels and 10,963.47 acres (Attachment B).


Agricultural and Forestal District Significance: Of the 10,963.47 acres that comprise the Moorman’s River District, 2,925.53 acres are enrolled in the Agricultural category of the land-use taxation program, and 2,270.76 acres are enrolled in the Forestry category. An additional 15 acres is enrolled in Horticulture.


Land Use other than Agriculture and Forestry: In addition to agricultural and forestal uses, the Moorman’s River District includes approximately 197 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 Moorman’s River District is entirely designated as Rural Areas in the Comprehensive Plan, and the parcels included in the District are zoned RA Rural Areas. The primary 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 Moorman’s River District is located in the Meadow Creek, Lower Mechums River, South Fork Rivanna, and the Moorman’s River-Ward’s Creek watersheds (Attachment C).


Time Period: The Moorman’s River District is currently on a 10-year review cycle. The District is scheduled to be reviewed on December 1, 2014.



Seven applications have been submitted requesting to add nine parcels to the Moorman’s River 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 Moorman’s River Agricultural & Forestal District was created on December 17, 1986, and was last reviewed on December 1, 2004. The District currently includes 249 parcels and 10,963.47 acres. The proposed addition of nine parcels totaling 230.80 acres would increase the total number of acres in the Moorman’s River District to 11,194.27.     


The parcels, Tax Map 29, Parcels 45, 45H1, 45H2, and 78A1, are located north of Wesley Chapel Road and west of Ridge Road. The parcels, Tax Map 43, Parcels 1F and 2A1, are located south of Ridge Road. The parcel, Tax Map 30, Parcel 23, is located east of Reas Ford Road. The parcel, Tax Map 60E3, Parcel 1, is located south of Barracks Road. The parcel, Tax Map 44, Parcel 31H, is located east of Garth Road and north of Rustling Oaks Drive (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 Moorman’s River Agricultural and Forestal District.


Staff Recommendation:

Staff recommends that the Planning Commission recommend approval of the proposed additions to the Moorman’s River Agricultural and Forestal District.



A.     Moorman’s River District - Proposed Additions

B.     Moorman’s River District - History

C.     Moorman’s River District - Conservation Easements & Zoning

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