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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation And Natural Resources
Agency 10. Department of Forestry
Chapter 20. Standards for Classification of Real Estate As Devoted to Forest Use under the Virginia Land Use Assessment Law

4VAC10-20-10. Purpose and statement of standards.

Under the authority of § 58.1-3229 et seq. of the Code of Virginia, the State Forester adopts these Standards for Classification of Real Estate As Devoted to Forest Use under the Special Assessment for Land Preservation to:

1. Encourage the proper use of real estate in order to assure a readily available source of agricultural, horticultural, and forest products, and of open space within reach of concentrations of population.

2. Conserve natural resources in forms that will prevent erosion.

3. Protect adequate and safe water supplies.

4. Preserve scenic natural beauties and open spaces.

5. Promote proper land-use planning and the orderly development of real estate for the accommodation of an expanding population.

6. Promote a balanced economy and ease/lessen the pressures which force the conversion of real estate to more intensive uses.

According to the specific authority and responsibility conveyed by §§ 58.1-3230, 58.1-3233 and 58.1-3240, the State Forester is directed to provide a statement of the standards which shall be applied uniformly throughout the state to determine if real estate is devoted to forest use. After holding public hearings, pursuant to the Administrative Process Act (§ 9-6.14:1 et. seq. of the Code of Virginia) the statement shall be sent to the commissioner of the revenue and the duly appointed assessor of each locality adopting an ordinance in compliance with Article 4 of Chapter 32 of Title 58.1 of the Code of Virginia.

Statutory Authority

§§ 58.1-3230 and 58.1-3240 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR312-01-02, eff. January 1, 1989.

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