In addition to property
purchase, conservation easements
provide another option for land conservation by the City. A
conservation easement legally places a restriction on land in order to
protect its associated natural resources in perpetuity. Conservation easements work well
when property owners want to retain ownership of their land, but are
interested in restricting land use in some way.
Often the restriction takes the
form of eliminating further subdivision or development of the property. Conservation easements are individually crafted with the specifics
of each property in mind, and can target a variety of conservation values,
such as restriction of timber harvest or protection of wildlife habitat.
Conservation easements may be voluntarily donated to the City (with
potential tax benefit to the donor), or they may be purchased by the City,
or some combination of the two.
- 164 acres, 116 units removed from development
Please contact the Property Management section of the
Public Works Department if you would
like more information about Conservation Easements.