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Save Rural Loudoun urges the County government to:


  • provide meaningful support to private landowners wishing to put prioritized rural areas under permanent Conservation Easement (CE),

  • urgently implement a Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program,

  • restore funding for the County's Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) program, and

  • utilize all other available public policy tools that help to preserve land for farming, tourism, outdoor recreation, and other rural uses.


Definitions and Further Information:


"Conservation Easement (CE)"


A Conservation Easement is a legal agreement between a landowner and a government agency or a non-profit conservation organization that places permanent limits on the future development of the property in order to protect the conservation values of the land. The easement may specifically protect natural, scenic or historic features of the property.


For further information, see: (


To review Supervisor Tony Buffington's proposal for County support of Conservation Easements, see:


"Transfer of Development Rights (TDR)”


Transfer of Development Rights is a voluntary, incentive- based program that allows landowners to sell development rights from their land to a developer or other interested party who then can use these rights to increase the density of development at another designated location.


For further information, see: (


"Purchase of Development Rights (PDR)”


Purchase of Development Rights is a voluntary farmland protection technique that compensates landowners for limiting future development on their land. ... Under a PDR program, an entity, such as a town or a private organization,purchases development rights to a piece of property.


For further information, see: (

Rural Conservation Tools

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