Reedy Creek residents ask county to curb tree removal if land is sold

The 32 acres the county wants to sell are accessible from Flint Place, a dead-end street in the Reedy Creek subdivision in Ferncliff.

Residents of Reedy Creek subdivision asked the Louisa County Board of Supervisors to ensure that an adjacent 32-acre property is not stripped of its trees after it is sold.

The land was deeded to the county by Reedy Creek’s developer for a possible future school building. Louisa County Public Schools later found a much larger property to house what is now Moss-Nuckols Elementary School. Recently, the county received an inquiry from someone interested in buying the site.

Mike Breen, representing the Reedy Creek Property Owners Association, said at the board’s June 7 meeting that Carter Lane residents are worried about the potential for logging trucks to use their street if the buyer decides to remove the trees.

He asked the supervisors to consider selling the land to them or to have the county’s parks, recreation and tourism department turn it into a park. But those don’t appear to be options, given that the 32 acres has an assessed value of $150,000 and the county doesn’t have a need for a park in that area.

“I think an unreasonable position would be, 'We like looking at those trees, don't ever do anything with it,'" Supervisor Duane Adams (Mineral District) said. 

The land is subject to Reedy Creek’s covenants, according to County Attorney Helen Phillips, since it was originally part of the subdivision. But there isn’t necessarily a stipulation in the covenants against removing trees. 

Supervisor Eric Purcell (Louisa District), whose family developed the subdivision, said the trees on the property are oak trees, so it’s unlikely the land would be clear-cut. But if a future owner decides to cut all the trees, Supervisor Fitzgerald Barnes (Patrick Henry District) said he would like to see a requirement for a tree buffer to shield views of the site. 

He added that he is “definitely not in favor of re-subdividing it,” except for the buyer to cut off a parcel to give or sell to a family member.

County staff will prepare possible restrictions on tree removal or buffers to present to a buyer. The board was required to hold a public hearing before selling the land, but Barnes and other members said no decision has been made to sell it.

Editor's note: This article was updated at 9:41 a.m. on June 14 to correct a misquote of Supervisor Duane Adams.

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