WHEREAS, at its February 19, 2002 meeting, the Board of Supervisors adopted the Farmland Preservation – Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) Program; and

WHEREAS, it is anticipated that the County of Fauquier will receive $1,500,000 from Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) for the purchase of development rights within a five mile radius of the new peaking power plant; and

WHEREAS, the area within the five mile radius contains many smaller, but yet viable tracts for agricultural production; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors approve eligibility criteria, ranking criteria,, and an application timeline; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 20th day of October 2003, That the funding from Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) will be applied to the PDR Program solely for qualified PDR’s within the five mile radius of the power plant and may not be borrowed or otherwise used for any other projects; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Board of Supervisors will appoint a PDR Review Committee; and, be it

RESOLVED FINALLY, That the following procedures will be used by the Agricultural Development Officer for operation of the PDR Program within the five mile radius of the ODEC power plant: 

ODEC Mitigation Area Eligibility Criteria for PDR Program

  • Land must be used for a bona fide agricultural operation.
  • Tract(s) must be located within a five mile radius from the site of the new power plant.
  • Parcel is at least 10 acres or comprises a combined area of contiguous parcels of at least
  • 10 acres or duly enrolled in an adopted Agricultural or Forestal District.
  • The parcel(s) must not be under conservation easement or pending consideration for conservation easement or otherwise restricted from development.

       PDR Review Committee Criterion    

     Standards for Ranking (High – Medium – Low)

     Quality of Farmland

·        Parcel Size

·        Quality of soils

     Farm Income (Contribution to Agricultural Economy)

·        Income derived from farming operation


     Surrounding Support Quality

·        Strategic Location

·        Proximity to protected (eased) property

    Historic Qualities

·        Historic Values

       Environmental Qualities

·        Water Resources


·        RA or RC

·        Other



Payment for a Development Right = $20,000 per unit

             Based on gross by-right allotment per sliding scale

             Bargain Sale :  landowner to obtain appraisal

Number of development rights for all parcels to be determined by:

             County Zoning Department – lotting potential (based on gross by-right allotment per

              RA/RC Land Subdivision Sliding Scale)

Type 1 soils analysis

Landowner(s) to identify any development rights to be retained


PDR Review Committee for ODEC Mitigation Area

Susannah Grove

Keith Dickinson

Ray Pickering

Carl Dulaney

Bob Sinclair


Timetable for PDR Applications

November 3, 2003     Open Application Period

December 22, 2003    Close Application Period

January – March, 2004   Application Review and Ranking

April – June, 2004   Purchase Approval

July – September, 2004   Purchases Completed