DLC works with landowners who want to protect land that they love, the Mott property was our first conservation easement with private individuals. Former property owners Joe and Jan Mott in March, 2008, began to discuss an easement on a portion of their 19-acre property. The parcel contains a residence, a horse barn, and several related structures that extends from Davidson-Concord Road to the West Branch of the Rocky River. It is bordered on one side by common open space owned by the River Run Property Owners Association and on the creek side by River Run golf course.
The Motts decided to permanently protect 8.67 acres along a 685’ stretch of the creek, comprised of approximately 40% woodland and 60% pasture. Roy Alexander, former DLC executive director, stated, “The parcel is small, but the public benefit of the easement is significant as it preserves open space — woods, fields, and streams — possessing agricultural, natural, scenic, recreational, riparian buffer, and watershed protection values. DLC is appreciative of the Mott’s willingness to allow us to assist in drafting the agreement and holding the easement.” The easement was recorded with the Register of Deeds and has remained in effect since the property has sold to new landowners.
“We love the natural aspects of our land as much as we do the house and out-buildings, and we are grateful that the easement gives us the flexibility to prescribe what can and cannot be changed about it in the future,” noted Joe Mott.
Private easement owners have the ability to obtained an appraisal of a property showing its value with and without the easement and apply for a tax deduction for the difference between the two figures. They also pay DLC an annual fee for its services as easement holder. DLC’s responsibilities include an annual monitoring visit, advice on land management issues such as exotic species control, communications with neighbors, record keeping, posting boundary signs, and legal defense of the easement if violations occur.