Apply Today for the PDR Program!

Posted on October 30th, 2020

Applications Now Being Accepted for
Farmland and Open Space Preservation
Purchase of Development Right (PDR) Program

PDR programs help preserve farmland, natural areas, scenic views and open spaces while allowing property owners to receive income from their land without selling it for intensive development.

In the Resort Township PDR program, an interested land owner negotiates with the Township and can voluntarily sell, to the Township, all or possibly part of the development rights of the property. The landowner retains full ownership of the property, but the negotiated rights to further develop the property are retired and a conservation easement is placed on the land and recorded with the title. The landowner can continue to use their land for the purposes specified in the negotiated conservation easement and allowed by the Zoning Ordinance, such as farming, timber, hunting, or a residence. Property taxes are often reduced when a conservation easement is recorded. If the land is sold or inherited, the conservation easement remains with the property.

If you are interested in applying, or for more information, please contact the Township Hall at 347-7915 (, or Caitlin Donnelly, Director of Land Protection at the Little Traverse Conservancy (231-344-1010, The application can be viewed online here.

The application period for this cycle is open now through January 21, 2021.