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H.R. 1121 (111th): Blue Ridge Parkway and Town of Blowing Rock Land Exchange Act of 2009

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 27, 2009 (Passed the House).

Source: GPO

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111th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1121

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

AN ACT

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.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Blue Ridge Parkway and Town of Blowing Rock Land Exchange Act of 2009.

2.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.

(2)

Town

The term Town means the Town of Blowing Rock in the State of North Carolina.

(3)

Map

The term 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 April, 2008.

(4)

Exchange

The term exchange means the exchange of land authorized by section 3(a).

3.

Land exchange

(a)

In General

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.

(b)

Map availability

The map shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the National Park Service.

(c)

Timing

The Secretary shall seek to complete the land exchange not later than three years after the date of the enactment of this Act.

(d)

Applicable laws; terms and conditions

The exchange shall be subject to—

(1)

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

(2)

such terms and conditions as the Secretary considers appropriate.

(e)

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).

(f)

Boundary Adjustment

Upon completion of the exchange, the Secretary shall adjust the boundary of the Blue Ridge Parkway to reflect the exchanged lands.

(g)

Administration

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.

(h)

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,

Clerk.