Valley View Farm
The Valley View Farm consists of about 341.32 acres. of open farm land, orchards, and forests. The property has frontage on Rt. 688 and is visible from Rt. 17, Sky Meadow Park, and the Appalachian Trail. The property is currently planned for development of 11 residential lots. The gift of easement will eliminate all subdivision and the land will remain as one parcel.
Valley View Farm has been in continuous agricultural use for many generations. The property is currently used for production of hay, grazing, apple, peach, cherry and berry orchards, grains, vegetables and the breeding and grazing of livestock, poultry and fowl. The farm lies within federally registered American Viticulture Area (AVA) “Middleburg Virginia, as is so designated by The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). The TTB found “distinguishing features of the…viticulture area include climate, topography, geology, and soil.”
The farm also is considered one of the very best sites in Virginia by the Virginia Tech Department of Agriculture, Viticulture Program, due to the soils, aspect, slopes, and altitude that are among the best in the world for grape production.
This property meets the criteria for conservation based on the scenic value of the property. The rolling hillside, pastures, trees and wildlife habitat provide pleasing examples of the scenic land in the Virginia Piedmont.
The farm has about three quarters of a mile of frontage on Rt. 688, Leeds Manor Road. The property is visible from US 17, the Appalachian Trail, and boarders Sky Meadow State Park.
Valley View Farm falls within the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area (see Appendix E). The National heritage Area “was designated through legislation passed on April 29, 2008, and signed by President Bush on May 8, 2008. The legislation, S. 2739, passed the House on April 29, 2008, by a vote of 291 to 117 and the Senate on April 10, 2008, by a vote of 91 to 4. The JTHG NHA recognizes the unparalleled cultural, historic and scenic resources within the entire JTHG corridor, encompassing all or part of 15 counties in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia.” (JTHG Corridor Management Plan, 2008, page 4) The JTHG Corridor Management Plan (2008) calls for “The following are the goals for the Byway: Conservation and Preservation: Work with existing and available tools, maintain the intrinsic qualities of the Byway primarily through private, voluntary land conservation efforts; 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.”
Lands that are visible from “public roads, or permanently protected lands provided that there is visual access for the public” qualify for conservation purposes for the scenic preservation category per section A (7) (b) of the Conservation Value Review Criteria of the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation.
Lands officially designated as scenic by a local, state or federal agency, provided that in each case the designating agency supplies a specific description of the lands or area so designated or recommended meet the safe harbors for conservation purposes for the scenic preservation category per section A (7) (a) (1 & 4) of the Conservation Value Review Criteria of the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation.