Acquisition of Conservation Easements (ACE) Preliminary Ranking Order for FY 2003-04




Request approval to appraise four (4) properties from FY 2003-04 ACE applicant pool




Messrs. Tucker, Foley, Cilimberg, Benish, Goodall


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March 17, 2004


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The Acquisition of Conservation Easements (ACE) Program received eight (8) applications by its September 30, 2003 deadline.  Since then, staff has evaluated each of the properties according to the ranking evaluation criteria identified in the ACE ordinance.  These objective criteria include: open space resources; threat of conversion to developed use; natural, scenic and cultural resources, and County fund leveraging from outside sources.  Based on the results of the evaluation, staff has determined eligibility and a preliminary “final” ranking order for applicants from Round 4 of the ACE program.  These results were presented to the ACE Committee on February 25, 2004.



As per sections A.1-110(G) and A.1-110(H) of the ACE ordinance, the Board of Supervisors shall review the list of ranked parcels submitted by the ACE Committee and identify on which parcels it desires conservation easements.  Each conservation easement identified by the Board of Supervisors to be purchased shall be appraised by an independent appraiser chosen by the County.



Goal: 2.1 – “Protect and/or preserve the County’s rural character”.  Goal: 2.2 – “Protect and/or preserve the County’s natural resources”.



The evaluation of the eight (8) applications (see Attachment “A”) from Round 4 shows that seven properties are eligible for ACE funding.  The American Environmental Foundation application is ineligible because it did not score the requisite minimum of 15 points from the ranking evaluation criteria.  Though the Colombini and two Scruby applications should remain eligible for funding at this time, each has issues that must be resolved before staff can assign a “final” score and rank to these properties.  In the meantime, the points awarded for Page, Bieker, Shifflett and Hill are all final and were approved by the ACE Committee at its February 25, 2004 meeting.  As a result, the Committee recommended that the Board of Supervisors approve the appraisals of the Page, Bieker, Shifflett and Hill properties.  In addition, the Committee recommended that staff continue working with Colombini, Brian Scuby and Tim Scruby to resolves issues affecting the scoring and final ranking of their properties.  Once these issues are resolved, staff and the ACE Committee will ask the Board of Supervisors to approve the appraisal of these properties.



The following recommendation is provided for action by the Board of Supervisors:


To approve the request of staff and the ACE Committee to have the Page, Bieker, Shifflett and Hill properties appraised. 


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