Purchase of Development Rights
Purchase of Development Rights, or PDR as it is more commonly known, is Kentucky's first Agricultural Conservation Easement program facilitated by a local government.
Through PDR the city purchases farm owners’ development rights (their right to ever develop the farm commercially), thereby preserving it as farmland forever.
This program is important to Lexington and Fayette County because of the area's booming equine, cattle and tourism industry, which is all fueled by the area farmland's beauty and high-quality soils.
How many farms are in PDR?
There are 272 farms permanently protected by PDR, totaling nearly 30,000 acres. See them here:
How is PDR governed?
PDR is governed by the Rural Land Management Board. The members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Urban County Council.
The members use Ordinance 4-2000 as their guide.
2019 meeting schedule
All meetings will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of the Government Center, 200 E. Main St., Lexington Ky. (unless otherwise noted)
Previous years' minutes (The previous years' minutes are stored on a Google drive, arranged by year.)
How do I add housing or infrastructure to my PDR farm?
The PDR easement requires landowners to obtain the permission of the Rural Land Management Board before adding new housing or expanding existing housing, and before adding paving. If your farm was eased in 2007 or after, it likely includes an impervious surface limit, so adding farm infrastructure such as barns, equipment sheds, etc., also requires approval. We want your farm to flourish and will guide you through this process. The first step is to complete the form below and send it via email or mail to the PDR Director, Beth Overman. Beth will review your request then notify you whether your request requires approval by the board or can be determined at the staff level. If Board approval is required, your application will be considered at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting.
Rural Land Management Board committees
The Rural Land Management Board has one standing committee, Education and Outreach, and as of January 30, 2019, has appointed three ad hoc committees: Budget and Finance, Long-Term Planning/Ordinance Review, and Applications and Recruitment. The meeting dates for the committees will be posted below and all will be held in the PDR Office on the 5th Floor of the Phoenix Building:
Education & Outreach Committee
Feb. 25, 3 p.m. – Special Meeting of the Education & Outreach Committee – agenda
March 25, 3 p.m.
April 22, 3 p.m.
June 3, 3 p.m.
June 24, 3 p.m.
July 22, 3 p.m.
Aug. 26, 3 p.m.
Sept. 23, 3 p.m.
Oct. 28, 3 p.m.
Nov. 25, 3 p.m.
Dec. 16, 3 p.m.
Budget & Finance Committee
March 28, 3 p.m. – Special Meeting of the Budget and Finance Committee – agenda
April 11, 2:30 p.m.
Applications & Donations Committee
Meetings are held at Fayette Co. Extension Office.
April 15, 1 p.m. – Special Meeting of the Applications & Donations Committee – agenda
May 21, 1 p.m.
June 4, 1 p.m. – Special meeting held in the Purchase of Development Rights office – agenda
June 25, 1 p.m. – Canceled
July 23, 1 p.m.
Oct. 22, 1 p.m.
Long Range Planning/Ordinance Review Committee
April 15, 4 p.m. – Special Meeting of the Long Range Planning/Ordinance Review Committee – agenda
May 6, 4 p.m.
May 20, 4 p.m. – Canceled