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.

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 3:30 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 – minutes
Feb. 27 – minutes
March 20 – minutes
April 24 – minutes
May 22 – canceled
June 26 – minutes
July 24 – minutes
Aug. 28 – minutes
Sept. 25 – canceled
Oct. 30 
Nov. 20
Dec. 18

Special Meeting
Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 1:30 p.m. in the 3rd Floor Conference Room, Phoenix Building | agenda | minutes

Previous years' minutes (The previous years' minutes are stored on a Google drive, arranged by year.)

How do I apply to PDR?

Applications are currently being taken once a year but we are happy to discuss your farm anytime, so 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. Your request will be reviewed and you will be notified 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

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 – 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 – 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 – agenda
May 21, 1 p.m.
June 4, 1 p.m. – Special meeting – 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 – agenda
May 6, 4 p.m.
May 20, 4 p.m. – Canceled
Sept. 16, 3 p.m. – Special meeting – agenda
Oct. 23, 3 p.m. – Canceled
Nov. 13, 3 p.m.
Dec. 9, 3 p.m.
Jan. 22, 2020, 3 p.m.




Monday, Nov. 25, 2019

  1. RLMB Education and Outreach Committee

    3 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 9, 2019

  1. RLMB – Long Range Planning/Ordinance Review Committee

    3 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 16, 2019

  1. RLMB Education and Outreach Committee

    3 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019

  1. Rural Land Management Board meeting

    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020

  1. RLMB – Long Range Planning/Ordinance Review Committee

    3 p.m.