"Preserving Agriculture in Thurston County"
On September 27, 2011, the Board of County Commissioners adopted an
ordinance to enable the establishment of a voluntary Purchase of
Development Rights program. The details of that program are listed in
Chapter 17.35 of the Thurston County Code.
Read the enabling Ordinance
Purchase of Development Rights information:
- This ordinance is the result of a grant from the Washington
Recreation and Conservation Office to develop and adopt a Purchase
of Development Rights ordinance.
- This is an enabling ordinance to set up a voluntary Purchase of
Development Rights program with Thurston County.
- What the ordinance does:
- Authorizes Thurston County and qualified conservation
organizations to purchase development rights (essentially
residential density), with the purpose of preserving farmland.
- The program will compensate land owners for agreeing to
conserve their land.
- Generally, the property owner would retain ownership of the
land and continue to reside and farm the property.
- County Conservation Futures funds would be used as matching
funds in partnership with non-profit land trusts to maximize and
leverage public funds.
- There are additional program
details still to be developed, including:
- A program guide
- project selection and ranking criteria
- Application materials, and
- Assembling a technical advisory committee to assist with
future PDR applications.
Thurston County thanks the following agencies and organizations for
National Resources Conservation Service, the Washington State Recreation
and Conservation Office, the South of the Sound Community Farm Land
Trust and the Capitol Land Trust.