Land UseTaxation: 

The Facts

About Us

We work to preserve the unique qualities of Essex County on Virginia's Middle Peninsula by: Advising landowners of the economic benefits of conservation easements and other land protection tools. Educating the public about the high value to the community of protecting land in perpetuity. Maintaining productive farms, forests and fisheries. Retaining and enhancing wildlife habitat, wetlands and other productive natural resources. Protecting ample supplies of safe drinking water. Preserving historic resources. Providing recreational opportunities on land and water.


Land Use Taxation: 

The Facts

HW AW Barns at Kendall.JPG

Land in farms, forest and open space, even in Land Use, produces more net revenue for the County than residential properties, because the cost of county services for residential properties is greater, often much greater, than the tax revenue they generate. The opposite is true for farmland, forests and open space land which produce a substantial tax revenue surplus to the county.

Industrial Solar Farms 

An In-Depth Look

Solar Farm.jpg

As the pace of solar development rapidly quickens and decisions are made with increasing frequency, this paper aims to equip decision makers and the public alike with the information they need to take an informed stance on this issue, and make decisions which best benefit the future of the community.  

Want to learn more?
Visit our Resources page for articles, information, and answers to your questions about conservation.


All magazines are copyrighted by the ECCA and permission to reprint must be obtained from ECCA and the writer.

ECCA Magazine


Over the last ten years, the ECCA has worked to advocate the protection and preservation of Essex County’s rural and scenic lands and its historic properties. We have done this through a variety of education initiatives that remind land owners and our County’s leaders that, in this day and age, Essex is indeed a very rare and special place.

Contact Us

Get in touch for more information about our organization and sponsorship opportunities.

Your details were sent successfully!


To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key.