H. R. 1121
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 23, 2009
Ms. Foxx introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources
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:
The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.
The term Town means the Town of Blowing Rock in the State of North Carolina.
term map means the National Park Service map entitled
___, and dated
The term 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
Reservoir, for approximately 192 acres of land owned by the Town that
are generally depicted on the map as
Town of Blowing Rock Exchange
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 two years after the date of 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.
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.