Turtle Creek Farm
The Turtle Creek Farm consists of about 90 acres. The property is currently planned for development of 14 residential lots. The gift of easement will limit the subdivision of the property to a maximum of 2 lots.
The farm as currently operated provides for open access and ample vegetation for wildlife. The naturally occurring vegetation and trees also provide cover and food for wildlife.
The Scenic value of the property is derived from its prominent position along Virginia Byway, Harpers Ferry Road (Rt. 671). The property has approximately 1,000 feet of road frontage on Harpers Ferry Road. The property is visible from Virginia Byway, Charles Town Pike (Route 9) and the Appalachian Trail. Additionally, the property is in the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area. The JTHG Corridor Management Plan (draft 2008) calls for “working with existing and available tools [to] maintain the intrinsic qualities of the Byway primarily through private, voluntary land conservation efforts; [using] existing and available tax incentives for historic preservation and land conservation; and the application of existing local land use plans, regulations, policies and design guidelines.” The value of continuing to preserve the view shed provided by this property fully meets the goals of the plan.
The watershed preservation value comes from protecting the existing wetlands. The property contains two (2) distinct wetland areas as shown on the wetlands map. This is consistent with the Loudoun County Comprehensive Plan which states “Major water resource issues for the County include ensuring an adequate supply of drinking water, protecting groundwater and surface water (i.e., streams and wetlands) from contamination and pollution, and preventing the degradation of water quality in watersheds.”
The property consists of approximately 90 acres of mostly farmland. The agricultural value of the farm will be preserved through continued use of the farm for hay production and raising cattle.
Additionally, the property is situated among several other conservation easements. Protecting this land from development will not only enhance the value of the property but also enhance the watershed, scenic views, and natural habitat value of the surrounding easements.