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Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
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Standards for Classification of Real Estate as Devoted to Agricultural Use and to Horticultural Use Under the Virginia Land Use Assessment Law [2 VAC 5 ‑ 20]
Action:
Amendments to reflect regulatory changes required pursuant to Chapter 504 of the 2018 Acts of Assembly; general review of this regulation
 
General Information
Action Summary In part, Chapter 504 of the 2018 Acts of Assembly amended the definition of real estate devoted to agricultural use and real estate devoted to horticultural use, expanding the scope of the standards that the Commissioner is required to promulgate and resulting in the need to revise 2 VAC 5-20. Additionally, this legislative change requires that any uniform standard prescribed through regulation by the Commissioner stating that real estate must be used for a particular purpose for a minimum length of time before qualifying as real estate devoted to agricultural use or horticultural use must (i) include the use of similar property by a lessee of the owner in calculating such time and (ii) include a shorter minimum length of time for real estate with no prior qualifying use, provided that the owner submits a written document of the owner's intent regarding use of the real estate containing elements set out in the uniform standards. As 2 VAC 5-20-20 currently includes a requirement that real estate devoted to either agricultural or horticultural use must have been devoted to certain uses for at least five consecutive years previous, these standards will need to be revised to reflect the 2018 amendments to the Virginia Land Use Assessment Law. Until 2 VAC 5-20 is amended, Commissioners of Revenue, local assessing officers, landowners, and other stakeholders may wish to contact legal counsel to address any conflicts that may exist between this regulation and the Virginia Land Use Assessment Law effective July 1, 2018.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Exempt from APA No, this action is subject to the Administrative Process Act and the standard executive branch review process.
RIS Project Yes  [005646]
Associated Mandates Standards for Classification of Real Estate as Devoted to Agricultural Use and to Horticultural Use under the Virginia Land Use Assessment Law
Note This action is intended to satisfy the requirement that an entire regulation be reviewed every 4 years.
 
Stages
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
8323 NOIRA Comment period is underway and will end on 10/17/2018.
 
Contact Information
Name / Title: Kevin Schmidt  / Director, Office of Policy, Planning and Research
Address: P. O. Box 1163
Richmond, VA 23218
Email Address: Kevin.Schmidt@vdacs.virginia.gov
Phone: (804)786-1346    FAX: (804)371-7679    TDD: (800)828-1120

This person is the primary contact for this chapter.