The mission of the Appraisal Section is valuation and evaluation of all dispositions of State Trust Land.
The Appraisal Section completes appraisal assignments with in-house appraisal staff and oversees reviews and coordination of fee appraisals with a large cadre of independent fee appraisers.
Valuation assignments cover a very wide range of property types including commercial, residential, rights of way, telecommunication sites, mining and mineral excavations, agricultural farms, range lands, wind farms, lands for solar generation, open space, sites with archaeological significance, water resources, and many more.
In addition, the Appraisal Section provides consulting services to the State Land Commissioner’s Office and all other divisions within the Land Department.
The goal of the Appraisal Section is to accomplish these assignments in accordance with the Enabling Act of 1910, Arizona Revised Statutes Title 37, the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, and all other requisite regulations and requirements.
Auditing and Compliance
The Audit and Compliance Section verifies that lessees and permitees are complying with leases and special land use permits. The responsibilities of this Section include, but are not limited to, verification that base rent, percentage rent, alternative rent, gross receipts, and participation rent are billed accurately, and payments are received in a timely manner.
The Audit and Compliance Section also manages certain suspense and delinquent accounts, as well as providing annual rent forecasts for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, Arizona Department of Transportation, Arizona Department of Game & Fish, Arizona Department of Corrections, Arizona Department of Economic Security, Arizona State Forestry, Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections, Arizona Department of Public Safety, and Arizona State Parks & Trails for budgeting purposes.
The Audit and Compliance Section verifies that lessees and permittees comply with the insurance provisions in their leases and permits issued by the Commercial, Rights of Way, Water Rights, Agriculture, Grazing and Mineral Sections.
The Cultural Resources Section assures that the Land Department complies with the State Historic Preservation Act (Arizona Revised Statutes, § 41-861 et seq.). When this act was passed in 1982, the legislature found that:
- The historical and cultural foundations of this state should be preserved as a living part of our community life and development to give a sense of orientation to the residents of this state.
- The preservation of this irreplaceable heritage is in the public interest so that its vital legacy will be maintained and enriched for future generations of Arizonans.
In creating the State Historic Preservation Act, the legislature intended to:
- Foster conditions under which our modern society and our prehistoric and historic resources can exist in productive harmony and fulfill the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.
To comply with the State Historic Preservation Act, the Cultural Resources Section reviews Land Department-approved activities that could affect archaeological or historic sites, such as construction projects or the sale or lease of State Trust Lands. Under the guidelines of the act, the Department must assure that archaeological or historic sites on State Trust Land are not “transferred, sold, demolished, substantially altered or allowed to deteriorate significantly.” If an archaeological or historic site is to be substantially altered or demolished, timely steps must be taken to mitigate the damage.
Surveys to identify archaeological and historic sites are conducted before activities are approved. Sites identified on survey are then evaluated for their archaeological and historical significance. If sites that are determined to be significant cannot be avoided and will be altered or destroyed by the proposed activity, then excavations are required to recover the important archaeological information that would be lost. The Land Department works cooperatively with other State and Federal agencies, private consulting companies, and non-profit advocacy groups to assure the preservation of Arizona’s history.