The Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust partnered with the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service to purchase the development rights to Plat 6, Lot 87-1. The development rights were purchased, from John E. Dawson, Jr., Benjamin G. Dawson, and Mathew B. Dawson, via a Deed to Development Rights which was executed on February 12, 2016. Plat 6, Lot 87-1, is located on Old Bull Lane. The property consists of 26.017 acres of land. The Deed to Development Rights protects the entire property from development.
A Baseline Documentation Report was completed on this property in August 2015. The report outlines the history of the property, as well as, it’s land uses (see below). The entire report is available on this website.
Prior Land Uses: Based on the examination of historic aerial photography, it appears that the Premises have been in a similar undeveloped, agricultural state since at least 1939. In aerials photographs taken in 1952, the lower and wetter portion of present day Lot 87-2 has been allowed to revert to shrub habitat. In similar photos in 1972, it has been reclaimed for pasture.
Current Land Use: Currently, the Premises are owned by John E. Dawson, Jr., Benjamin G. Dawson & Matthew B. Dawson and are protected by a Deed to Development Rights with the Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust and the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. The Premises consist of open agricultural land, wooded hedgerows, a farm pond, and wet meadow. Currently, the Premises are in pasture and are used by a local farmer, Bobby Carr, for raising open-grazed beef cattle.
Proposed Future Use: The purpose of the Deed to Development Rights is to retain the Premises forever, substantially unchanged from its present natural condition and its present aesthetic, agricultural and open space condition and to prevent any use of the Premises that will significantly impair or interfere with the Conservation Values of the Premises by limiting nonagricultural uses of the land.