Rural and Agricultural Lands

rural-agricultural-landsThe term “rural lands” is a very general designation and includes a wide variety of property types and uses included but not limited to farm/forest land, timber/ranch land, and recreational land. The current zoning ordinances impacting development and uses on rural lands can be complicated and, in some instances, require the involvement of land use planning consultants to navigate through the maze of land use regulations. This is particularly true of the properties that have the forest land and farm land zoning designations. Although home site development is severely restricted in these zones, a thorough analysis of each property is essential in determining home site potential or the ability to partition the property into additional building sites.

Agricultural properties fall within the broad category of rural lands. In Lane County and the majority of nearby counties within the Willamette Valley, grass seed production is the dominant agricultural use. Vinery and winery are more prominent now in Western Oregon and require unique training and experience. Orchards and row crops, although less common, are a significant use requiring valuation services. Livestock operations are also included in our appraisal services.

Outside of the Willamette Valley, timber lands are the dominant property type. The valuation of timber lands is an important component of our valuation services. We are not qualified to cruise and value timber stands, but we contract with experienced local foresters for timber cruising and valuation in conjunction with our land valuation services.

Some property types are outside of our area of competency, but we can generally refer you to a competent appraiser with expertise in your particular area of need.

Conservation Easements

The valuation of Conservation Easements is a specialized valuation service. Local, regional and national land trusts acquire Conservation Easements on farm land, timber land and other rural lands to protect natural resources and preserve the identified conservation values of specific parcels. Conservation Easements can be relatively simple or very complex valuation assignment, depending on the rights granted and the rights retained as defined within the easement. In most cases, the valuation of Conservation Easements requires appraisals in compliance with the Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisition, often referred to as the “Yellow Book”, particularly if any federal funds are utilized in the acquisition.

For more information on what Duncan & Brown can do for you, please contact us or call to speak with one of our rural land specialists!

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