Buncombe County Submitted: October 26, 2022 | Updated: November 21, 2022

(October 2022) Multi-part request for Buncombe County, NC Government: List of “Conservation Easements” funding January 01, 2000 to present day

Good afternoon Buncombe County, NC Government (Records Officer),

I'd like to make a multi-part public records request for the following information under NC Public Records Law
Ref: https://www.ncleg.net/enactedlegislation/statutes/html/bychapter/chapter_132.html

Related to “Conservation Easements”.

A) Please provide an itemized list of all conservation easement funding from January 01, 2000 to present day (date the query is performed). The list should include the Amount Spent, Parcel ID, Property Owner, and the Source of Funds.

B) Separately – I’d also like to request that you please highlight the amount of funds that have been specifically allocated to Commissioner Terri Wells, Commissioner Wells’ family, or towards the costs associated with her land.

If any / all of this info is already publicly available online, please provide a link to where it can be accessed.

**Editor’s Note to Kassi: We do not have any additional information or further clarifying details to provide about the request. If you are unable to fulfill any or all parts of the request, please specifically cite where a reason for denial is justified under NC Public Records Law.**

Thank you for your assistance!

Editor’s Note: Sunshine Request makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.

Status: Completed

Activity:

  • November 21, 2022 5:43 pm

    2 weeks ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Kassi L. Day” <[email protected]>
    cc: “Michael C. Frue” <[email protected]>
    date: Nov 21, 2022, 5:43 PM
    subject: Re: Records Request: (October 2022) Multi-part request for Buncombe County, NC Government: List of “Conservation Easements” funding January 01, 2000 to present day

     

    Good afternoon Kassi,

     

    Thank you so much for your help with this request!

     

    I’ve marked it as completed on our site.

     

    Really appreciate your help.


    Status: Completed
  • November 21, 2022 2:30 pm

    2 weeks ago

    from: Kassi L. Day <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: “Michael C. Frue” <[email protected]>
    date: Nov 21, 2022, 2:30 PM
    subject: RE: Records Request: (October 2022) Multi-part request for Buncombe County, NC Government: List of “Conservation Easements” funding January 01, 2000 to present day

     

    Hello Sunshine, Please see the attached for information about conservation easement projects that the commissioners have allocated funds to as of October 2022*, dating back to 2005 when the county first starting funding easements. Please keep in mind we are only tracking funds allocated by the Board of Commissioners. For awareness, transaction costs are granted to the conservation agency (land trust) to pay for the survey fees, legal fees, appraisal, etc., that make it possible to complete the easement process. The Easement Purchase funds go to the conservation agency to pay the landowners for only a percentage of the development rights they are giving up by completing a conservation easement.

     

    b) No County funds have been allocated to Commissioner Terri Wells. In FY 2008, funding was allocated for property owned by Commissioner Wells’ father and her aunt. This conservation easement is held by Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy.

     

    *Please note that the Board approved additional funds at their Nov. 15 regular meeting-find that information here.

     

    Thank you.

     

    **Editor’s Note: Please see referenced file “Conservation-Easements-Co-Funds-final1.pdf” at top left in documents. Additionally, the link Kassi provided is here: https://www.buncombecounty.org/common/Commissioners/20221115/Fund%20224%20Establish%20Three%20New%20Conservation%20Easement%20Projects%20ordinance.pdf


    Status: Response Received from Government
  • November 3, 2022 2:49 pm

    1 month ago

    **Editor’s Note: We will follow up on this request in mid-November. Thank you for using Sunshine Request!


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • October 31, 2022 6:01 pm

    1 month ago

    from: Kassi L. Day <[email protected]>
    to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    cc: “Michael C. Frue” <[email protected]>
    date: Oct 31, 2022, 6:01 PM
    subject: RE: Records Request: (October 2022) Multi-part request for Buncombe County, NC Government: List of “Conservation Easements” funding January 01, 2000 to present day

     

    Hello Sunshine, confirming receipt. Thank you

     

    Kassi Day

    She/her

    Communications & Public Engagement


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • October 26, 2022 5:36 pm

    1 month ago

    from: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
    to: “Kassi L. Day” <[email protected]>
    cc: “Michael C. Frue” <[email protected]>
    date: Oct 26, 2022 5:36 PM
    subject: Records Request: (October 2022) Multi-part request for Buncombe County, NC Government: List of “Conservation Easements” funding January 01, 2000 to present day

     

    Hello Buncombe County Government (Records Officer),

     

    I’d like to make a public records request for information that may be available in your office.

     

    If you’re not the appropriate party to contact about the request, please provide the correct name and email address of whom I should send it to.

     

    Please confirm receipt to let me know the request will begin processing, and if possible, please provide a rough estimate of when the request may be completed. I will plan on following up again in November if I have not heard back before then.

     

    Here are the details of the request:

     

    Subject: (October 2022) Multi-part request for Buncombe County, NC Government: List of “Conservation Easements” funding January 01, 2000 to present day

     

    Message: “Good afternoon Buncombe County, NC Government (Records Officer),

     

    I’d like to make a multi-part public records request for the following information under NC Public Records Law
    Ref: https://www.ncleg.net/enactedlegislation/statutes/html/bychapter/chapter_132.html

     

    Related to “Conservation Easements”.

     

    A) Please provide an itemized list of all conservation easement funding from January 01, 2000 to present day (date the query is performed). The list should include the Amount Spent, Parcel ID, Property Owner, and the Source of Funds.

     

    B) Separately – I’d also like to request that you please highlight the amount of funds that have been specifically allocated to Commissioner Terri Wells, Commissioner Wells’ family, or towards the costs associated with her land.

     

    If any / all of this info is already publicly available online, please provide a link to where it can be accessed.

     

    **Editor’s Note to Kassi: We do not have any additional information or further clarifying details to provide about the request. If you are unable to fulfill any or all parts of the request, please specifically cite where a reason for denial is justified under NC Public Records Law.**

     

    Thank you for your assistance!”

     

    Thank you!

     

    ** Sunshine Request (www.sunshinerequest.com) makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.


    Status: Sent to Government
  • October 26, 2022 5:07 pm

    1 month ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending