Land Preservation Fund

Park Acreage
    The Land Preservation Fund, created by the Board of Supervisors in January 2001, gives citizens the means to take direct, personal action to help conserve the county's shrinking open space. Your donation to the Land Preservation Fund is tax deductible.
    Contributors gain the satisfaction of knowing that they are helping to guarantee a legacy of open space and parks in Fairfax County for future generations to appreciate and enjoy. In addition, land preserved as open space helps improve air quality, control noise and reduce storm water run-off, so with your donation, you'll be working to protect environmental quality in Fairfax County. Also, open space requires limited county services, so indirectly you'll be helping to reduce the costs of infrastructure necessary to support development.
    The county's population is increasing by about 20,000 annually. With this comes increasing demands for services, putting parks in competition with the needs of schools, police, fire and rescue and human services for limited public funds. The pressure is two-fold because population increases also speed conversion of open space for development. At present less than 14 percent of the county's area remains as open space. This undeveloped land won't wait for tax dollars to become available. If preservation is to come in time, private donations are needed to supplement the county's allocation of public funds for the preservation effort.
    The Fairfax County Park Authority, as the steward of parkland in Fairfax County, is the agency entrusted to develop, administer and implement the Land Preservation Fund.
    Contributions should be by check, made out to Fairfax County Park Authority - OSP Fund, and sent to the Fairfax County Park Authority, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035. Donations in any amount are welcome at any time. A printable donation form can be downloaded here.

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    Contributions to the Land Preservation Fund will be maintained in a land program "savings account" and once sufficient money is accumulated and appropriate real estate parcels identified, the land will be purchased by the county and maintained as open space. The Park Authority administers the Land Preservation Fund under guidelines established by the Board of Supervisors. All contributions received under this program go directly and in total to the Land Preservation Fund.
    The county's general fund budget will absorb overhead and administrative costs.
    Property to be purchased with donations to the Land Preservation Fund will be selected on the basis of priorities established by the Fairfax County Park Authority in consultation with the Board of Supervisors.
    The property will become part of the land inventory that the Park Authority holds in trust for the citizens of Fairfax County, and maintenance costs will be covered through the agency's annual operating budget.
    At this point, there is no provision for contributors to earmark their donations for purchase of a particular property. The Land Preservation Fund is a countywide program, and expenditures will be based on over-all priorities for open space preservation.
    As specified by the Board of Supervisors in approving the Land Preservation Fund, this program is set up specifically and solely for the acquisition and preservation of open space.
    The Park Authority will notify the Board of Supervisors of any purchases through the Land Preservation Fund within 30 days of property settlement. In addition, the Park Authority's annual report to the Board of Supervisors will include details of activity in the Land Preservation Fund, showing contributions received, sites acquired and expenditures incurred during the previous fiscal year. Such reports are part of the public record and are available upon request.
    The Park Authority gratefully accepts such donations. If you are interested in giving property for preservation as open space, please contact the Park Authority at 703/324-8578.
    The fiscal impact depends on the location of the property, its zoning, potential use and value of possible improvements. So until parcels are identified for open space preservation, revenue loss cannot be reliably predicted. But for a guide, an acre of land generates approximately $1,200 of tax revenue annually as a countywide average.



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