, 2014

Northumberland supervisors approve
county’s first conservation easement

by Audrey Thomasson

HEATHSVILLE—County supervisors last week approved Winstead Farm as the county’s first conservation easement. The farm is on Northumberland Highway (Route 360) across from Bethany Baptist Church in Callao.

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According to land specialist Joe Thompson with the Northern Neck Land Conservancy, half the 23 acres are in agriculture and half are forest. The owners of the property and farmhouse are Sara Anne Wilbur and Virginia Barton, decedents of Colis M. Winstead, who obtained the property in 1898.

The designation of conservation easement gives the owners tax relief, but preserves the property as conservation in perpetuity and therefore does not allow future owners to develop the land.

Thompson said the county, as co-holder of the easement with Northern Neck Land Conservancy, would be responsible for defending the easement should an heir or future owner sue to break the easement.

Supervisors approved the easement on a 5-0 vote.

In other business, Raymond H. Swanson withdrew his request for a conditional use permit to utilize a portion of Hull Creek to operate a small recreational float plane. Swanson would not comment on his reasons for withdrawing the application, which was opposed by several residents at a public hearing last month.

In a 5-0 vote, supervisors approved deeding the old Northumberland High School property to Peninsula YMCA. They also approved a conditional use permit to James M. Clegg to allow residential use on property zoned business (B-1). The property is at 5400 Jessie duPont Memorial Highway in Wicomico Church.

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