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    Priority Lands September 25 2008 Priority Lands September 25 2008 Presentation Transcript

    • Priority Lands Committee Meeting September 25 th , 2008 The LandTrust office
    • 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
    • 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
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    • Reid Kenneth
    • 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.
    • 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
    • Reid walking on the road Power line right-of-way South Yadkin River, 4,300 feet of frontage Wildlife food plots
    • 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
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    • Staff Recommendation
      • Recommend Board approval as presented.
    • 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
      • Farmland Conservation
      • 2,300 feet of road frontage
      • No stream frontage
      • Surrounded by other Gray properties, potential conservation easements
      Property Background
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    • Conservation Easement Restrictions
      • No reserved home sites
      • Protection of farmland & scenic viewshed
    • Staff Recommendation
      • Recommend Board approval as presented.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • Approximate location of ½ acre home site (surveyed out & excluded from easement)
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    • Staff Recommendation
      • Recommend Board approval as presented.
    • Karriker Property
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    • Staff Recommendation
      • Recommend Board approval as presented.
    • 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
    • In green, Kannapolis Gamelands 2,843 acres In pink, Sally Murphy’s 122 acres
    • Aerials
    • Historical Background
      • The historic Wood Grove house
      • Built by Thomas Cowan around 1800
      • On the National Register of Historic Places
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    • 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
      • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • Staff Recommendation
      • Recommend Board approval as presented.
    • 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)
    • 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
    • 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
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    • Property Background
      • 194.64 acres
      • Prime farmland
      • Duck pond
      • Livestock & grain production,
      • 1 residence on the property
    • Conservation Easement Restrictions
      • One reserved home site, location not yet specified, but it will be surveyed out.
    • Staff Recommendation
      • Recommend Board approval as presented.
    • 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?
    • 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
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    • Staff Recommendation
      • Recommend Board approval as presented.
    • Updates / General Discussion
      • Speight
      • Bittinger
      • Cost Recovery Pledge
      • Rally
    • Upcoming Dates
      • Priority Lands Committee
      • December 4th, 2008
      • 4pm, at The LandTrust for Central NC or Conference Call option
    • Adjourn