Open-space land; increases threshold for substitution of real property when land is converted, etc. (SB582)

Introduced By

Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Open-space lands; conversion or diversion. Increases the threshold for the substitution of real property when lands are converted or diverted from open-space land use, requiring the substitute land to have "substantially" greater value as permanent open-space land than the land being converted or diverted. The bill establishes several requirements that an applicant for such conversion or diversion, such as an electric utility or a pipeline company, shall meet, including the requirements that it pay for appraisals conducted by a certified general real estate appraiser, and explain why, if the substitute land is not adjacent to the land to be converted or diverted, adjacent land could not be acquired. The bill authorizes a public body to further require that an applicant demonstrate the essentiality of its project and show that no feasible alternative exists. The bill also requires the creation of a stewardship fund for the substitute land. Amends § 10.1-1704, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18104710D
01/09/2018Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/25/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB582)
01/25/2018Reported from Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources with amendments (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2018Read second time
01/30/2018Reading of amendments waived
01/30/2018Committee amendments agreed to
01/30/2018Engrossed by Senate as amended SB582E
01/30/2018Printed as engrossed 18104710D-E
01/31/2018Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2018Placed on Calendar
02/05/2018Read first time
02/05/2018Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/06/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB582E)
02/19/2018Assigned ACNR sub: Subcommittee #4
02/20/2018Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2019
03/06/2018Left in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources