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.

New applications being accepted!

See below.

How many farms are in PDR?

There are 261 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.



2018 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)  

  • January 31 (minutes)
  • March 28 (minutes)
  • May 21 – Ordinance Review Committee (1 p.m., 5th floor – Phoenix  Building) (minutes)
  • May 23 – Cancelled
  • May 30 – Special meeting (2 p.m.) 
  • July 19 – Special meeting (4 p.m.) 
  • August 22 
  • October 17 (minutes)
  • December 12
  • Previous years' minutes (The previous years' minutes are stored on a Google drive, arranged by year.)


How do I apply to PDR?

Applications are taken once a year. The application deadline is October 29 at 5 p.m., and the information is posted below. If you have questions, contact Beth Overman at (859) 425-2227 or email

It is important to understand the qualifications and guidelines of the PDR program before applying. Please read this information sheet.




Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018

  1. Rural Land Management Board

    3 – 6 p.m.