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 277 farms permanently protected by PDR, totaling nearly 30,552 acres. There are six farms totaling 1,694 acres under contract.
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.
2021 meeting schedule
All meetings will be held at 3 p.m. via Zoom. Meetings are the last Wednesday of the month at 3 p.m. and will be the last Wednesday of the month, unless otherwise noted.
Previous years' minutes (The previous years' minutes are stored on a Google drive, arranged by year.)
How do I apply to PDR?
Though the 2020 application deadline has passed, we are happy to speak with you anytime about applying to PDR and help you prepare for the 2021 application cycle.
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.
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
Budget & Finance Committee
Applications & Donations Committee
Long Range Planning/Ordinance Review Committee