Project Name:  AFD200900003 Sugar Hollow AFD Review

Staff: Scott Clark

Planning Commission Public Hearing: October 6, 2009


Board of Supervisors Public Hearing: November 4, 2009


RECOMMENDATION: That the Planning Commission recommend renewal of the Sugar Hollow District for a 10-year period.



The Albemarle County Code currently contains this description of the Sugar Hollow district:


Sec. 3-226 Sugar Hollow Agricultural and Forestal District.

The district known as the "Sugar Hollow Agricultural and Forestal District" consists of the

following described properties: Tax map 25, parcels 11C, 12, 13, 14, 14A, 14B, 14C, 18, 18A, 18B, 21, 21A, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28; tax map 26, parcels 5A, 9, 10, 10B, 10D, 10F, 11C, 11D, 12A, 13, 19, 40B, 40C, 41A, 52, 52D; tax map 27, parcels 8, 8E (part), 26; tax map 39, parcels 2, 2A, 3, 4, 14, 15, 25, 25A; tax map 40, parcels 1, 9, 9C, 10, 10A, 10B, 10C, 12B1, 22, 22A, 27A, 46C1, 49. This district, created on September 6, 1989 for not more than 10 years and last reviewed on October 6, 1999, shall next be reviewed prior to September 6, 2009.


The district is located to the west and north of White Hall. The majority of the district is located in the North Moormans River watershed, which drains to the South Fork Rivanna River and the community’s largest surface drinking water supply. The remainder of the district drains to the Beaver Creek reservoir. Land cover in the district is largely forested.


The district was created in September, 1989, and originally included 2,546 acres. The following table shows the history of the district:




1989 District Creation


1990 Addition


1993 Addition


1999 Addition


1999 Withdrawal


2002 Addition



The district now includes 4,901.21 acres.


Landowners may withdraw their parcels from districts by right during a renewal at anytime before the Board of Supervisors takes final action to continue, modify, or terminate the district. No landowners have requested withdrawal yet.


Agricultural and Forestal District Significance: Nearly the entire district is forested, with some open pasture areas. Prime and Locally Important agricultural soils are limited and are found mostly at lower elevations. However, the soils of the nearly the entire district are rated highly for hardwood production, including soils favorable for black walnut and sycamore production along the streams.


Land Use other than Agriculture and Forestry: In addition to agricultural and forestal uses, the district includes a relatively small number of residences. Aerial photos do not indicate the presence of other significant land uses.


Local Development Patterns: The district is largely made up of forested land. The surrounding area includes both large farm and forest parcels and smaller residential parcels. Eighteen parcels in the district are under conservation easements.


Comprehensive Plan Designation and Zoning Districts: The Sugar Hollow district is entirely designated as Rural Areas in the Comprehensive Plan, and the parcels included in the district are zoned RA Rural Areas.


Environmental Benefits: 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, mountain resources, critical slopes, and wildlife habitat.


Time Period: The Sugar Hollow District is currently on a 10-year review cycle.


Agricultural-Forestal Districts Advisory Committee recommendation: At its meeting on August 24, 2009, the Committee voted unanimously to recommend that the Board renew the Sugar Hollow District for a 10-year period.


Staff recommendation: That the Planning Commission recommend renewal of the Sugar Hollow District for a 10-year period.





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