Using the Private Marketplace to Protect Farmland

Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) is a planning tool which allows communities to keep farmland available for agricultural production while directing development into areas where growth is being encouraged. Guided by local government, a developer will pay a farmer for their development rights in exchange for approval to build more densely in an area that public services can be provided more efficiently.

The regional council in western NC is holding a workshop to explore TDR as a possibility in NC by looking at how it is used in other areas and discussing how it might work here.

The workshop will be held from 10:00 -3:00 on Friday, November 13, 2009 at the Land-of-Sky Regional Council located at339 New Leicester Highway Asheville NC 28806. Call (828) 251-6622. Map and directions.

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