Farmland Preservation: Transfer of Development Rights Workshop

There is a great deal of concern about farmland protection in North Carolina and throughout the nation.  In recent years, the interest in and resources for farmland preservation have increased tremendously.  Here are a few websites to check out and the listing for a workshop that has just been announced:

NC Agricultural Development and Farm Protection Trust Fund:

NC Farm Transition Network:

Conservation Trust for NC:

Transfer of Development Rights: Using the Private Marketplace to Protect Farmland Workshop

November 13, 2009, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Land of Sky Regional Council, 339 New Leicester Highway, Asheville, NC 28806

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. This workshop will explore TDR as a possibility for Western North Carolina by looking at how it is used in other areas and discussing how it might work here.

Agenda: TDR Overview – Judy Daniel, Planning Director, City of Asheville; 30 Years of TDR – Veronica Cristo, Rural Planner, Calvert County (MD); Can We Do It in NC? – Glen Bowles, Planner, Orange County (NC); Lunch; Buncombe County Panel Discussion with Holly Jones – Buncombe County Commissioner , Bert Abrams (invited) - Buncombe County Landowner in Sandy Mush, and Kevin Kerr (invited) - Buncombe County Developer; and a Breakout Group Discussion.

The cost is $15.00 to cover lunch and logistics. Register by email to or by mailing a check by November 6 made to: Land-of-Sky Regional Council (attn: Annie) to 339 New Leicester Highway Asheville, NC 28806. Sponsors: Buncombe County Soil and Water Conservation District, American Farmland Trust, Community Foundation of WNC Asheville Merchants Fund, Land-of-Sky Regional Council. Who should attend: planners, local government officials, real estate professionals, farmers, agricultural advisors, land trusts, and others interested in farmland protection and efficient growth. Continuing Planning Education Credits are being requested for this event. Map and directions at

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