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 261 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.
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
- March 28
- May 21 – Ordinance Review Committee (1 p.m., 5th floor – Phoenix Building)
- May 23 – Cancelled
- May 30 – Special meeting (2 p.m.)
- August 22
- October 17
- 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 generally in October, and information will be posted when available. 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.