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  • 1. Priority Lands Committee Meeting September 25 th , 2008 The LandTrust office
  • 2. Agenda
    • Gray Family Properties  Peggy Gray’s Tree Farm & Kenneth Gray’s Farm
    • Ezra Gilliam – revised project details, surveyed out home site
    • Karriker – approval to apply for farmland protection grant monies
    • Sally Murphy – Preservation Easement
    • ADFP Easements  Knox, Term Easements & Rollans
    • Updates / General Discussion
  • 3. Gray
    • Iredell County
    • Two easements proposed for this year
      • Peggy (& Reid) Gray’s Tree Farm
      • Kenneth Gray’s Farm
    • Feb 2006, Priority Lands Cmte & Board reviewed & approved an easement on 180 acres owned by both Reid & Kenneth
    • This year, Kenneth would like to protect the 120 acres that he was proposing in 2006 & Peggy would like to protect her 130 acre tree farm
  • 4.  
  • 5. Reid Kenneth
  • 6. Peggy Gray’s Tree Farm
    • Iredell County
    • 129.38 acres
    • Owned by Peggy Gray
    • No structures
    • Agreed to a $5,000 stewardship endowment contribution in Feb 2006, with original project proposal. Still committed to this.
  • 7. Property Background
    • 4,300 ft frontage on South Yadkin River & 2,300 ft frontage on unnamed tributary
    • Just a “rough tree farm”
    • 2 power line right-of-ways
    2002 ortho photos
  • 8. Reid walking on the road Power line right-of-way South Yadkin River, 4,300 feet of frontage Wildlife food plots
  • 9. Conservation Easement Restrictions
    • Floating building envelope
    • 100 ft buffer on unnamed tributary to South Yadkin River & 200 ft buffer on South Yadkin River
    • Right to pay to hunt by the day
    • The existing food plots in the duck pond area are excluded from the Riparian Buffer
  • 10.  
  • 11. Staff Recommendation
    • Recommend Board approval as presented.
  • 12. Kenneth Gray’s Farm
    • Iredell County
    • 2 tracts
      • 43.11 acres, owned by Kenneth A. Gray
      • 73.76 acres, owned by Old Mt Farms, Inc.
    • Farmland
    • No structures
    • Stewardship Endowment - tentatively agreed to $5-$10K
  • 13.
    • Farmland Conservation
    • 2,300 feet of road frontage
    • No stream frontage
    • Surrounded by other Gray properties, potential conservation easements
    Property Background
  • 14.  
  • 15. Conservation Easement Restrictions
    • No reserved home sites
    • Protection of farmland & scenic viewshed
  • 16. Staff Recommendation
    • Recommend Board approval as presented.
  • 17. Gilliam Family Farm
    • Approved by PLC on 5-22-08 and by the Board on 6-10-08
    • Ezra and Marian Gilliam
    • Rowan County
    • 67 acres
    • Donated Conservation Easement
  • 18. Conservation Easement - Reservations
    • Originally approved with no reserved home sites or rights to subdivide & 150 foot buffer (the garden is excluded for the life of the Gilliam’s).
    • Mr. Gilliam would now like to survey out ½ acres near existing home for his nephew, who will inherit the land. The surveyor is aware of this and is in the process. It would be excluded from the easement.
  • 19. Approximate location of ½ acre home site (surveyed out & excluded from easement)
  • 20.  
  • 21.  
  • 22. Staff Recommendation
    • Recommend Board approval as presented.
  • 23. Karriker Property
  • 24.  
  • 25.  
  • 26. Staff Recommendation
    • Recommend Board approval as presented.
  • 27. Murphy
    • Closed on a conservation easement in October of 2006 on 122 acres in western Rowan County
    • Her historic home was excluded from the CE, 1.9 acres surveyed out
    • She’s now interested in conserving the home & the 1.9 acres around it
  • 28. In green, Kannapolis Gamelands 2,843 acres In pink, Sally Murphy’s 122 acres
  • 29. Aerials
  • 30. Historical Background
    • The historic Wood Grove house
    • Built by Thomas Cowan around 1800
    • On the National Register of Historic Places
  • 31.  
  • 32. Preservation Easements – Background Information
    • Very similar to conservation easements, but their principal purpose is to protect a property with historic, architectural, or archeological significance.
    • “preservation covenants”, “preservation restrictions”, same thing, different terminology
  • 33.
    • At the very least, we would protect the exterior character (a “fascade easement”), but many go beyond to protect the interior features, the historic setting, & specific landscape features
    • We are qualified to hold a preservation easement and could get feedback from the State Historic Property Office (SHPO), the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP), etc. when approvals need to be granted
  • 34. Have we done this before?
    • Yes, we have a “Grant of Conservation Easement, Preservation Agreement , and Development Rights” on Cooleemee Plantation. It specifically references it’s listing of the National Register of Historic Places & as a National Historic Landmark
    • This agreement may be slightly different, more protective of the historic home
  • 35. Timeline
    • She’s been interested for a while, but hasn’t looked into the details.
    • This likely wouldn’t happen in 2008.
    • Sally & I are meeting tomorrow, 9/26, to discuss.
  • 36. Staff Recommendation
    • Recommend Board approval as presented.
  • 37. NC Agricultural Development Farmland Preservation (ADFP) Trust Fund
    • ADFP had $8 million for the 2007-2008 cycle
    • They received requests for 93 projects & $29 million
    • We applied for 6 projects ($2,360,421 total), and were approved for 2 projects ($160,271 total)
  • 38. LTCNC Approved Projects
    • Knox
      • $25,000 for transactional costs of a donated easement, project valued at $816,780
      • 195 acres, livestock & grain production
    • Rollans
      • $135,271 for a 25 year term easement
      • 271 acres, row crops & hay
  • 39. Knox
    • Rowan County, 194.64 acres
    • Donated conservation easement, Transaction costs paid by NCADFP
    • Farm has been in Knox family since 1740s
    • Surrounded by protected lands
    • Landowner will give us a $5,000 stewardship endowment
  • 40.  
  • 41. Property Background
    • 194.64 acres
    • Prime farmland
    • Duck pond
    • Livestock & grain production,
    • 1 residence on the property
  • 42. Conservation Easement Restrictions
    • One reserved home site, location not yet specified, but it will be surveyed out.
  • 43. Staff Recommendation
    • Recommend Board approval as presented.
  • 44. Term Easements
    • A term easement is an easement for a set number of years. When it expires, the fee is again whole.
    • Term easements do NOT qualify for IRS tax deductions
    • NC ADFP is encouraging term easements and had over $2 million available for the 2007-2008 cycle.
    • SWCD role? LTCNC role?
  • 45. Rollans
    • Rowan County
    • 271 acres
    • $135,271 for a 25 year term easement , no transaction costs paid
    • Row crops & Hay
    • Property is adjacent to a 40 acre easement protected in 2005, Webster Farm
  • 46.  
  • 47.  
  • 48. Staff Recommendation
    • Recommend Board approval as presented.
  • 49. Updates / General Discussion
    • Speight
    • Bittinger
    • Cost Recovery Pledge
    • Rally
  • 50. Upcoming Dates
    • Priority Lands Committee
    • December 4th, 2008
    • 4pm, at The LandTrust for Central NC or Conference Call option
  • 51. Adjourn