County Conservation Reference Table

Agricultural Forestal Districts

Localities can create special districts of local significance to add an additional layer of protection against changes to current land use. Agricultural, Forestal, or Agricultural and Forestal Districts are a way for counties to encourage the use of land for agriculture or timber.

Lands in Agricultural and Forestal Districts have reduced taxes corresponding to land use rather than fair market value, and are allowed exceptions to laws that would restrict farming or forestry in the district.

Districts can only be initiated by landowners. Landowners agree to limit development of the property during the number of years the district is in effect (4 to 10 years). Landowners have the right to remove their land from the district during the review process with no penalty. Districts cannot have subdivision of less than 20 acres. A minimum of 200 acres is required in order to form a District, and only landowners can initiate the formation of Agricultural and Forestal Districts.

To create a district of local significance, a single landowner or group of landowners will decide together the most desirable way to use these lands for the community. This group of landowners then requests their county administrator or planning commission to establish a district. This process varies slightly from county to county, but usually the planning commission and the Board of Supervisors hold public hearings before making a decision to establish a district.

County/City County/City Forestry
Landuse
Forestal
Districts[1]
Local
PDR Program[2]
Conservation Groups active in each county VDOF Land Conservation Contact
Accomack County Yes Yes No Virginia Eastern Shore Land Trust Suydam
Albemarle  County Yes Yes Yes Piedmont Environmental Council, The Nature Conservancy, Rivanna Conservation Society Biasiolli
Alleghany  County Yes No No Valley Conservation Council Santucci
Amelia  County No No No   Suydam
Amherst  County Yes No No Central Virginia Land Conservancy Biasiolli
Appomattox  County No No No Central Virginia Land Conservancy Biasiolli
Arlington  County No No No Northern Virginia Conservation Trust Biasiolli
Augusta  County Yes Yes Yes Valley Conservation Council, Potomac Conservancy Biasiolli
Bath  County No No No Valley Conservation Council Biasiolli
Bedford  County Yes No No Central Virginia Land Conservancy, Western Virginia Land Trust Santucci
Bland  County Yes No No New River Land Trust, Land Trust for Southwest Virginia Santucci
Botetourt  County Yes No No Western Virginia Land Trust, Valley Conservation Council Santucci
Brunswick  County No No No   Biasiolli
Buchanan  County No No No Land Trust for Southwest Virginia Santucci
Buckingham  County No No No   Biasiolli
Campbell  County Yes No No Central Virginia Land Conservancy Biasiolli
Caroline  County Yes No No   Suydam
Carroll  County Yes No No New River Land Trust, Western Virginia Land Trust Santucci
Charles City  County No No No Capital Region Land Conservancy, Williamsburg Land Conservancy Suydam
Charlotte  County No No No   Biasiolli
Chesterfield  County Yes No No Capital Region Land Conservancy Suydam
Clarke  County Yes Yes Yes Piedmont Environmental Council, Land Trust of Virginia, Potomac Conservancy Biasiolli
Craig  County No No No Western Virginia Land Trust Santucci
Culpeper  County Yes Yes Yes Piedmont Environmental Council Biasiolli
Cumberland  County Yes No No   Suydam
Dickenson  County No No No Land Trust for Southwest Virginia Santucci
Dinwiddie  County Yes No No   Suydam
Essex  County Yes No No Middle Peninsula Land Trust Suydam
Fairfax  County Yes Yes No Northern Virginia Conservation Trust Biasiolli
Fauquier  County Yes Yes Yes Piedmont Environmental Council, Land Trust of Virginia, Potomac Conservancy Biasiolli
Floyd  County No No No New River Land Trust, Western Virginia Land Trust Santucci
Fluvanna  County Yes Yes No   Biasiolli
Franklin  County Yes No No Western Virginia Land Trust Santucci
Frederick  County Yes Yes Yes Valley Conservation Council, Potomac Conservancy Biasiolli
Giles  County Yes No No New River Land Trust Santucci
Gloucester  County Yes No No Middle Peninsula Land Trust Suydam
Goochland  County Yes No No Capital Region Land Conservancy Suydam
Grayson  County No No No New River Land Trust, Land Trust for Southwest Virginia Santucci
Greene  County Yes Yes No Piedmont Environmental Council, Blue Ridge Foothills Conservancy Biasiolli
Greensville  County No No No   Suydam
Halifax  County No No No   Biasiolli
Hanover  County Yes Yes No Capital Region Land Conservancy Suydam
Henrico  County Yes No No Capital Region Land Conservancy Suydam
Henry  County Yes No No Western Virginia Land Trust Santucci
Highland  County No No No Valley Conservation Council Biasiolli
Isle of Wight County Yes Yes No   Suydam
James City  County Yes Yes Yes Williamsburg Land Conservancy Suydam
King and Queen  County No No No Middle Peninsula Land Trust Suydam
King George  County Yes No No Northern Neck Land Trust Suydam
King William  County Yes No No Middle Peninsula Land Trust Suydam
Lancaster  County No No No Northern Neck Land Trust Suydam
Lee  County No No No Land Trust for Southwest Virginia Santucci
Loudoun  County Yes Yes Yes Piedmont Environmental Council, Northern Virginia Conserve, Potomac Conservation Trust Biasiolli
Louisa  County Yes Yes No   Biasiolli
Lunenburg  County No No No   Biasiolli
Madison  County Yes No No Piedmont Environmental Council, Blue Ridge Foothills Conservancy Biasiolli
Mathews  County No No No Middle Peninsula Land Trust Suydam
Mecklenburg  County No No No   Biasiolli
Middlesex  County Yes No No Middle Peninsula Land Trust Suydam
Montgomery  County Yes Yes No New River Land Trust, Western Virginia Land Trust Santucci
Nelson  County Yes Yes Yes Central Virginia Land Conservancy Biasiolli
New Kent  County Yes Yes Yes Capital Region Land Conservancy, Williamsburg Land Conservancy Suydam
Northampton  County Yes Yes Yes Virginia Eastern Shore Land Trust Santucci
Northumberland  County Yes No No Northern Neck Land Trust Suydam
Nottoway  County No No No   Suydam
Orange  County Yes Yes No Piedmont Environmental Council Biasiolli
Page  County Yes Yes No Valley Conservation Council, Potomac Conservancy Biasiolli
Patrick  County No No No Western Virginia Land Trust Santucci
Pittsylvania  County Yes No No   Biasiolli
Powhatan  County Yes Yes No Capital Region Land Conservancy Suydam
Prince Edward  County No No No   Biasiolli
Prince George  County Yes No No   Suydam
Prince William  County Yes Yes No Northern Virginia Conservation Trust Biasiolli
Pulaski  County Yes No No New River Land Trust Santucci
Rappahannock  County Yes Yes Yes Piedmont Environmental Council, Rappahannock County Conservation Alliance Biasiolli
Richmond  County Yes No No Northern Neck Land Trust Suydam
Roanoke  County Yes No No Western Virginia Land Trust Santucci
Rockbridge  County Yes Yes Yes Valley Conservation Council Biasiolli
Rockingham  County Yes Yes No Valley Conservation Council Biasiolli
Russell  County Yes No No Land Trust for Southwest Virginia Santucci
Scott  County No No No Land Trust for Southwest Virginia Santucci
Shenandoah  County Yes Yes Yes Valley Conservation Council Biasiolli
Smyth  County Yes No No New River Land Trust, Land Trust for Southwest Virginia Santucci
Southampton  County Yes No No   Suydam
Spotsylvania  County Yes Yes Yes   Suydam
Stafford  County Yes No Yes Northern Virginia Conservation Trust Suydam
Surry  County No No No   Suydam
Sussex  County No No No   Suydam
Tazewell  County Yes No No New River Land Trust, Land Trust for Southwest Virginia Santucci
Warren  County Yes Yes No Valley Conservation Council Biasiolli
Washington  County Yes No No Land Trust for Southwest Virginia Santucci
Westmoreland  County Yes No No Northern Neck Land Trust Suydam
Wise  County No Yes No Land Trust for Southwest Virginia Santucci
Wythe  County No Yes No New River Land Trust, Land Trust for Southwest Virginia Santucci
York  County No No No Williamsburg Land Conservancy Suydam
Alexandria  City No No No Northern Virginia Conservation Trust Biasiolli
Bedford  City No No No Central Virginia Land Conservancy, Western Virginia Land Trust Santucci
Bristol  City No No No Land Trust for Southwest Virginia Santucci
Buena Vista  City No No No Valley Conservation Council Biasiolli
Charlottesville  City No No No Piedmont Environmental Council Biasiolli
Chesapeake  City Yes No Yes   Suydam
Colonial Heights City No No No Capital Region Land Conservancy Suydam
Covington  City No No No Valley Conservation Council Santucci
Danville  City Yes No No   Biasiolli
Emporia  City No No No   Suydam
Fairfax  City No No No Northern Virginia Conservation Trust Biasiolli
Falls Church City No No No Northern Virginia Conservation Trust Biasiolli
Franklin  City Yes No No   Santucci
Fredericksburg  City Yes No No   Suydam
Galax  City No No No New River Land Trust, Western Virginia Land Trust Santucci
Hampton  City No No No   Suydam
Harrisonburg  City Yes No No Valley Conservation Council Biasiolli
Hopewell  City No No No   Suydam
Lexington  City No No No Valley Conservation Council Biasiolli
Lynchburg  City Yes No No Central Virginia Land Conservancy Biasiolli
Manassas  City No No No Northern Virginia Conservation Trust Biasiolli
Manassas Park City No No No Northern Virginia Conservation Trust Biasiolli
Martinsville  City No No No Western Virginia Land Trust Santucci
Newport News  City No No No   Suydam
Norfolk  City No No No   Suydam
Norton  City No No No Land Trust for Southwest Virginia Santucci
Petersburg  City Yes No No   Suydam
Poquoson  City No No No Williamsburg Land Conservancy Suydam
Portsmouth  City No No No   Suydam
Radford  City Yes No No New River Land Trust, Western Virginia Land Trust Santucci
Richmond  City No No No Capital Region Land Conservancy Suydam
Roanoke  City No No No Western Virginia Land Trust Santucci
Salem  City No No No Western Virginia Land Trust Santucci
Staunton  City Yes Yes No Valley Conservation Council Biasiolli
Suffolk  City Yes No No   Suydam
Virginia Beach  City Yes No Yes   Suydam
Waynesboro  City Yes No No Valley Conservation Council Biasiolli
Williamsburg  City No No No Williamsburg Land Conservancy Suydam
Winchester  City No No No Valley Conservation Council Biasiolli

[1] VDOF:
VDACS Reporting June '07

[2]VDOF:
VDACS Reporting Developed program, not all are funded