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:

Map of preserved land

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.

List of members

The members use Ordinance 4-2000 as their guide.



2019 meeting schedule

All meetings will be held at 3 p.m. in the Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of the Government Center, 200 E. Main St., Lexington Ky. (unless otherwise noted)  

Jan. 30, 3:30 p.m.

March 20, 3:30 p.m.

May 8, 3 p.m.

Aug. 14, 3 p.m.              

Oct. 30, 3 p.m.            

Dec. 11, 2:30 p.m.

How do I apply to PDR?

Applications are currently being taken once a year but we are happy to discuss your farm anytime, so please review this information sheet and the information below, then contact Beth Overman at (859) 425-2227 or email

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.

Request form




Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019

  1. Rural Land Management Board meeting

    3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

  1. Rural Land Management Board meeting

    3:30 – 6:30 p.m.