James City County seeks applications for Purchase of Development Rights Program
Date: February 11, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ed Overton, JCC PDR Administrator
Phone: (757) 259-5404
The James City County Purchase of Development Rights Program (PDR) is accepting applications through March 31, 2008. The PDR Program is a voluntary program for James City County landowners interested in preserving the natural character of their property. The program is designed to protect rural land located outside the Primary Service Area.
Applications are first evaluated for eligibility. Eligible properties are ranked according to established ranking criteria to determine which best serve the purposes and goals of the program. A list of applications is then recommended to the Board of Supervisors for approval for negotiations with the owners.
The PDR program has protected 366 acres of rural County land. These parcels include a 120-acre grain farm on Forge Road, a 17-acre specialty crop farm on Diascund Road, a wooded, 50-acre environmentally sensitive parcel bordering Diascund Creek and a similar parcel of 167 acres in the headwaters of the Yarmouth Creek Watershed. Negotiations are currently in progress to conserve additional acreage which will increase to 470 the total acres of rural land protected by this program.
The Board of Supervisors established the program in November 2001 to protect open space, community character, farmland, forest land, and natural resources in the County. The PDR program allows landowners to sell the development potential of qualifying property to the County while maintaining ownership and use of the land. The land is protected in perpetuity through a conservation easement deeded to the County.
In December 2007, the Board approved several changes to the PDR program enabling it to better serve the needs of landowners interested in conserving their property. These changes addressed several issues including future dwellings, subdivision and uses of the property.