Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) Programs
Purchase of development rights (PDR) programs are designed to compensate landowners who voluntarily place an agricultural conservation easement on their property. A conservation easement is a deed restriction designed to protect a specific conservation purpose.
Information on established local PDR programs is listed below. Virginia localities interested in developing a PDR program should contact the Office of Farmland Preservation.
Recent and Upcoming PDR Matching Funding Opportunities
The Office of Farmland Preservation (OFP) has $875,000 in funding available for the FY 2023 allocation round.
The FY 2023 allocation round opened on October 11, 2022 and closes on November 18, 2022. The following two (2) completed forms are required to be submitted by November 18, 2022 by each eligible locality:
Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) Programs
The Code of Virginia authorizes localities to establish programs that transfer the development rights from a “sending” property (property that the locality is trying to protect) to one or more “receiving” properties (properties where the locality is trying to encourage development). Please see the information below for more information.
|Virginia TDR Programs
Agricultural and Forestal Districts
The Code of Virginia
authorizes localities to adopt districts designed to protect working farm and forestland. These agricultural and forestal districts are voluntary agreements between landowners and the locality, and offer benefits to landowners that agree to keep their land in its current use for a period of four to 10 years. Localities are required by the Code of Virginia to provide the VDACS Commissioner with a copy of the ordinance for new agricultural and forestal districts, and any changes that are made to these districts.
Use Value Assessment
The Code of Virginia allows localities to assess land that meets certain eligibility requirements at its current use value and not at its fair market value when determining local property taxes. The four categories for use value assessment are agricultural, horticultural, forestry and open space. Suggested tax rates for each of these categories are provided to localities by the State Land Evaluation and Advisory Council (SLEAC). For more information on the use value assessment program and SLEAC, please click here.
Conservation Easement Donation
There are options for landowners interested in donating a conservation easement on their property. Please contact the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation for more information.
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