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SB 1122 Open-space lands preservation trust fund; use of funds, conservation easements.

Introduced by: Emmett W. Hanger, Jr. | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:

Open-space lands preservation trust fund; use of funds; conservation easements to nonprofit land trust. Allows a person conveying conservation easements to a nonprofit land trust to receive grants from the Open Space Lands Preservation Trust Fund (Fund) for costs associated with such conveyances, such as legal and appraisal costs or all or part of the value of the easements, provided that if such property interest is not compliant with the Open-Space Land Act, such person is accredited by the Land Trust Alliance at the time of the grant award. The bill provides that if such accreditation is not available at the time of the grant application, the Virginia Outdoor Foundation (Foundation) must evaluate such holder on a case-by-case basis. Under current law the Fund is only available to persons that convey a property interest to the Foundation and localities.


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