Announcing the Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) Program
On April 22, 2009, the Board of Supervisors approved the Rural Areas Report and Recommendations as a policy component of the Comprehensive Policy Plan. This report contained growth and development trends and related issues in the rural areas of the County, and ideas to address those issues. One of the recommendations contained within the report was to establish a Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) Program.
On April 28, 2010, the Board of Supervisors adopted the Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) ordinance and program. The TDR Program consists of three parts that will regulate the program, including sending site requirements, receiving site requirements and the transfer/development process.
The County's TDR program is unique in that it offers an opportunity to two differing property interests: (1) farmland preservation, and (2) increased development opportunities and densities within targeted growth areas such as the County's Urban Development Area (UDA).
TDRs offer farmland owners an opportunity to sell the valuable development rights associated with their farmland holdings, while maintaining ownership of the farmland. Therefore, the farm owner can continue to work the land.
And the TDRs enable a developer to acquire development rights without incurring the time and expense of the rezoning process, and its associated impact mitigation efforts.