RESOLUTION

A RESOLUTION TO APPROVE THE ANNUAL APPLICATION CYCLE FOR PROPERTIES TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE FAUQUIER COUNTY PURCHASE OF DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS PROGRAM 

WHEREAS, on February 19, 2002, the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors adopted the Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) Program to acquire conservation easements for the purpose of protecting agriculture, providing open space, ameliorating the impact of development on the County, and authorizing payment of $20,000 per development right; and 

WHEREAS, on July 21, 2003, the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors authorized the negotiation and execution of purchases of (the first round of) development rights as determined by the Agricultural Advisory Committee; and 

WHEREAS, the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors created the PDR Committee to assist the Board of Supervisors in selecting qualified farm properties for preservation; and  

WHEREAS, on September 9, 2004 and on October 14, 2004, the Board of Supervisors authorized the negotiation and execution of (the second round of) development rights as recommended by the Purchase of Development Rights Committee; and 

WHEREAS, the PDR Committee recognizes that properties accepted under the first and second rounds will be permanently protected as Fauquier County farmland, and further recognizes that there is an ongoing need to preserve additional farmland for the future of agriculture and open space needs in the County, and to mitigate the impact of development in the County; and 

WHEREAS, the PDR Committee recommends that the Board of Supervisors authorize a third round of applicants to be considered under the Purchase of Development Rights Program; now, therefore, be it 

RESOLVED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 10th day of November 2004, That the County Administrator be, and is hereby, authorized to open a third application cycle for properties to be considered under the Purchase of Development Rights Program, to run from November 12, 2004 through January 31, 2005, and, further, that applications are available from the Agricultural Development Office.