Priority Lands September 25 2008


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Priority Lands September 25 2008

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