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The map below describes the landholdings of the Peckham Materials Pleasant Valley Quarry. The quarry, originally operated by Dutchess Quarry & Supply Co. and owned by the Arborio family, was started in 1937. As one of the larger landowners in the Pleasant Valley community, Peckham collaborated with the Dutchess Land Conservancy (DLC) to create conservation easements that would protect large portions of our property from future development. These DLC easements will assure that future use and development of our property will be in harmony with the conservation objectives of the DLC, as well as the goals and objectives of the Town of Pleasant Valley’s Comprehensive Plan and Town Open Space Plan. The DLC is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to preserving the rural character, important resources and open lands of Dutchess County.

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  • The mission of the Dutchess Land Conservancy (DLC) is to preserve the scenic, agricultural and environmental resources of Dutchess County in order to ensure its rural character and open landscape. The DLC encourages communities to balance economic growth with the conservation of important natural resources and working landscapes.

     

    Click to button below to read the full Dutchess Land Conservancy Statement Regarding the Peckham Property in Pleasant Valley.

     

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    THE DUTCHESS LAND CONSERVANCY STATEMENT

Currently, Peckham is presenting the Town of Pleasant Valley with a proposal for a comprehensive approach to future use of Peckham’s properties in the Town to assist implementation of the Town Centers and Greenspaces Plan. Our proposal provides for three conservation easements to be entered into with the Dutchess Land Conservancy on approximately 295 acres of Peckham owned lands. The conservation easements will eliminate any future development on these properties such as sand and gravel mining or housing developments. To offset the loss of development rights and mineral resources under the conservation easements, Peckham is asking the Town to rezone approximately 23 acres adjoining south of the current quarry into the Quarry District.  One of the three proposed conservation easements will be placed on adjacent lands to ensure that the Quarry District will never be further expanded. Two more conservation easements will apply to Parcels west of North Avenue. This comprehensive approach will create a sustainable plan that preserves open space landscape values in Greenway Areas on North Avenue as identified in the Town Comprehensive Plan, as well as Priority Areas for Conservation, including the Gretna Road /Salt Point Area and Wappinger Creek Corridor, as identified in the Town Open Space and Farmland Plan, yet still allows continued mineral resource development on a much-reduced footprint.

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North Avenue Parcel

North Avenue parcel was purchased for mining in 1937, and additional acreage purchased in 1964. This land is currently in the Quarry District.

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Proposed 22.4 Acre Rezoning to Quarry District

Peckham is requesting this parcel to be rezoned to Quarry District. It was purchased as parts of two parcels in 1981 and 1985 and totals 23.43 acres. The current zoning is Lower Density Residential.

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Proposed DLC Conservation Easement

Peckham also has an agreement from the DLC to put these 41.8 acres into a DLC Conservation Easement. This will ensure the Quarry District will not be expanded in the future and will serve as a buffer to the community.

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Proposed DLC Conservation Easement

The northern most parcel was purchased in 1964 and would create a 152.72 DLC conservation easement. It is currently zoned RR 3.5 Acre Residential District. The DLC easement would limit any future development to two 4-acre residential building lots, along with maintaining the existing office building parcel, and the remaining property would not be able to be developed. 

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Proposed DLC Conservation Easement

The southernmost parcel was purchased in 1970 and would create a 101-acre DLC conservation easement and is currently zoned Medium Density Residential. The DLC easement would limit any future development to two 4-acre residential building lots and the remaining property would not be able to be developed.

 

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MAP (click on the numbered icons for more detail)

(1) North Ave. Parcel, Quarry

(2) Proposed 22.43 acre rezoning to Quarry District

(3) Proposed DLC Conservation Easement

(4) Proposed DLC Conservation Easement

(5) Proposed DLC Conservation Easement

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