One way that Prince William County encourages the preservation of land devoted to agricultural and forestal production is through agricultural/forestal districts. More than 2,200 acres in Prince William County are included in one of the three agricultural/forestal districts that qualify for reduction in the property tax rate under the Use Value Assessment Program. Changes to the Virginia Constitution and enabling statutes in the early 1970s permitted localities to implement a use-value assessment program.
A property owner may submit an application to the County to include their land in an existing district or to create a new district. New districts must contain one or more contiguous parcels totaling at least 200 acres. Alternatively, a property owner whose land abuts an existing district may apply to add land to the existing district. Applications are reviewed by the Board of County Supervisors.
Review of these applications takes approximately four to six months and includes hearings before the Agricultural and Forestal Districts Advisory Committee, the Planning Commission, and the Board of County Supervisors.
The Long Range Division of the Planning Office maintains a map of the existing Agricultural and Forestal Districts and data concerning parcel size & ownership. Contact the Planning Office at 703-792-7615 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.