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Department of Conservation and Recreation
Department of Conservation and Recreation
Standards for Classification of Real Estate as Devoted to Open Space Use Under the Virginia Land Use Assessment Law [4 VAC 5 ‑ 20]
Guidance Documents
Chapter Information
Description In 1971, The Virginia General Assembly enacted Chapter 172 of the extra session permitting localities to adopt a program of special assessments for land preservation related to agricultural, horticultural, forest and open space lands Article 4 (Section 58.1-3229 et seq.) of Chapter 32 of Title 58.1 of the Code of Virginia. The purpose of the program is stated as: To encourage the preservation and proper use of such real estate in order to assure a readily available source of agricultural, horticultural and forest products and of open spaces within the reach of concentrations of population, To conserve natural resources in forms which will prevent erosion and protect adequate and safe water supplies, To preserve scenic natural beauty and open spaces, To promote proper land-use planning and the orderly development of real estate for the accommodation of an expanding population, and To promote a balanced economy and ameliorate pressures which force conversion of such real estate to more intensive uses and which are incmpatible with its use and preservation for agricultural, horticultural, forest or open space purposes.
State Authority Chapter 32 of Title 58.1 of the Code of Virginia. Article X, Section 1 and 2 of the Constitution of Virginia.
Federal Authority None entered
Exempt from APA No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation None entered

Contact Information
Name / Title: Lisa McGee  / Policy and Planning Director
Address: 600 East Main Street, 24th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)786-4378    FAX: (804)786-6141    TDD: ()-
Current Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Amend Regulations Following Periodic Review Fast-Track DPB Fast-Track authorization in progress.

Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status

Periodic Reviews
Last Activity Status
9/1/2023 Agency Completed Amend