What Preservation Means to You


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Sean Kenny, Executive Director, Farm and Natural Lands Trust of York County

About the Farm and Natural Lands Trust of York County –The idea to form a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, land preservation organization began with a few citizens being concerned with the changes occurring in York County. The changes being seen prior to 1990 were congested streets, rising school and property taxes, scattered large developments without infrastructure, expanding sewer capacity, larger (or new) school buildings needed to accommodate the increasing school population, the loss of open-rural appearance, the loss of character and charm of York County. Thus, in April of 1990, the York County Farmland Trust was created. Later, the name was changed to encompass the need to conserve natural, wooded areas. In 1993, the name was changed to the Farm & Natural Lands Trust of York County.

Topic - Sean will discuss the efforts of the Trust to maintain the rural character of York County. In their efforts he will show how this work can be mutually beneficial in the required watershed planning and protection desired and mandated onto municipal governments. The potential for cooperative relationships between this organization and municipal governments will be discussed, as will the potential mutual benefits if partnerships are successful.

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What Preservation Means to You

  1. 1. Let’s Hear About YOU!What’s your name?Where are you from?How big is your property?Why are you here?
  2. 2. About Your SpeakerSean P. Kenny‐ Phoenixville, PA‐ Dual Citizen USA & Ireland‐ York College of PA‐ York County Chamber of Commerce‐ Executive Director of FNLT‐ Community Involvement‐ Hobbies 
  3. 3. Why Preserve Open Space? ‘Cause they ain’t makin’ no more!
  4. 4. About the PresentationWe’ll be exploring the many ways preservation of agricultural and environmentally sensitive landscapes effects people differently.
  5. 5. The Smiths ‐ City DwellersEmpty Nesters‐ Quality of Life‐ Kids In College‐ Downtown Markets‐ That Good York Water
  6. 6. Quality of LifeRail TrailHunting FishingHikingKayaking
  7. 7. Funny ‐ Farm FamilyFourth Generation‐ Six Children ‐ Succession Plans‐ Farm Community‐ Streamside Buffers‐ $$$
  8. 8. Streamside Buffers ‐ Water Temperature‐ Aquatic & Wildlife Habitat‐ Sediment Control‐ Nutrient Removal‐ Storm Water Management‐ Flood Control
  9. 9. Jones ‐ SuburbanitesSmall Family‐ Two Children ‐ Taxes‐ Traffic‐ Home Values‐ Hunting
  10. 10. How this Affects the Jones’s! • TRAFFIC • Rural Character • Growth Management • School Taxes • Cost of Community ServicesIt costs more to develop open land than save it.  
  11. 11. Cows don’t drive or go to schoolFarmland and open space need less community services, and causing no tax increase for new roadways, schools, sewer, police/fire protection, etc. 
  12. 12. Tree Huggers – In the WoodsGrand Parents‐ Wildlife ‐ Carbon Dioxide‐ Hiking‐ Water Recharge‐ Native Plants
  13. 13. Wildlife Habitat
  14. 14. Watershed RechargeMore on this later from FNLT Board member, Jake Romig! 
  15. 15. The Griswolds – Passing ThroughTwo Generations‐ Photography ‐ Road Side Stands‐ Spending Money‐ First Impressions‐ Please Come Back!
  16. 16. Look Out Your Window!
  17. 17. Both Hands On the Wheel!
  18. 18. Look Ahead, Look Around!
  19. 19. Buckle Up!
  20. 20. No Texting!
  21. 21. Stop & Soak It Up!
  22. 22. BUT, Drive Safely!
  23. 23. How FNLT WorksConservation Easement 101
  24. 24. Conservation Easement = Limits on the LandOwner agrees to permanent, recorded deed restrictions that preserving the character of the property by restricting subdivision, construction or use. 
  25. 25. Conservation Easement FACTSVoluntary Owner retains title to property Legal agreement between owner & land preservationorganizationGoal is stewardship by owner and organization
  26. 26. Easements have a $$ ValueEach Property is appraised twice.  Appraisal #1 ‐ Highest Developed Use Appraisal #2 ‐ With Conservation Easement Restrictions _____________________________________________ Difference Between the Appraisals  = Conservation Easement Value
  27. 27. Easement Value VariablesCurrent land use  (wooded, tillable, pasture)Total Number of Building RightsTotal AcreageSoil ClassZoning of Parcel
  28. 28. Taxes, Charitable Gifts, etc.‐‐ The easement is donated to the non‐profit  Farm and Natural Lands Trust, creating a charitable gift tax deduction on Federal Income Taxes.‐‐ Donations may be spread over time.‐‐ Consult with your attorney and accountant.
  29. 29. Who We Work With• Landowners• Estate Planners• Attorneys• Accountants• York County Planning Commission• Individual Municipalities• York County Agricultural Preservation Board• Citizens Investing in Their Communities• DCNR / The Nature Conservancy / Foundations
  30. 30. What’s Next for FNLT• Strategic Planning• Bargain Sale Funding• Education •Landowners  •Municipalities •Tax Advisors •Realtors •Attorneys •Estate Planners
  31. 31. FNLT Funding MembershipsSponsorshipsSpecial EventsGrants
  32. 32. We Like to Have FUN!
  33. 33. Rockin’ Out
  34. 34. Bang Bang Bang!
  35. 35. Running Wild!
  36. 36. Get Outside & Play!
  37. 37. We’re ALL winners…
  38. 38. Small Staff / Hard Working Board Staff of Two Board of Directors Committees Special Events Marketing & Education Land Preservation Finance
  39. 39. Small Staff / Hard Working Board TO WORK WITH YOU! ‐ TDR Programs ‐ DCNR Applications ‐ Park Security CE ‐ Buffer Areas ‐ $ for Preservation ‐ Conservation by Design
  40. 40. I’ll take questions …  till the cows come home.