H. R. 1121
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
To authorize a land exchange to acquire lands for the Blue Ridge Parkway from the Town of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Blue Ridge Parkway and Town of Blowing Rock Land Exchange Act of 2009.
In this Act:
Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.
Town means the Town of Blowing Rock in the State of North Carolina.
map means the National Park Service map titled
Blue Ridge Parkway, Proposed Land Exchange with Town of Blowing Rock, numbered
601/90,000A, and dated
exchange means the exchange of land authorized by section 3(a).
Subject to subsection (d), the Secretary may exchange approximately 20 acres of land within the boundary of the Blue Ridge Parkway that are generally depicted on the map as
Blowing Rock Reservoir, for approximately 192 acres of land owned by the Town that are generally depicted on the map as
Town of Blowing Rock Exchange Lands.
The map shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the National Park Service.
The Secretary shall seek to complete the land exchange not later than three years after the date of the enactment of this Act.
Applicable laws; terms and conditions
The exchange shall be subject to—
laws, regulations, and policies applicable to exchanges of land administered by the National Park Service, including those concerning land appraisals, equalization of values, and environmental compliance; and
such terms and conditions as the Secretary considers appropriate.
Equalization of values
If the lands proposed for exchange are found to be not equal in value, the equalization of values may be achieved by adjusting the acreage amounts identified in subsection (a).
Upon completion of the exchange, the Secretary shall adjust the boundary of the Blue Ridge Parkway to reflect the exchanged lands.
Lands acquired by the Secretary through the exchange shall be administered as part of the Blue Ridge Parkway in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.
Future Disposition of Property
If the Town desires to dispose of the reservoir property that is the subject of the exchange, the Secretary shall have the right of first refusal to acquire the property for the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Passed the House of Representatives July 27, 2009.
Lorraine C. Miller,