Transferable Development Rights Reserve Program

The Transferable Development Rights (TDRs) Reserve Program allows citizens to sell and purchase TDRs through the county government instead of through private buyer/seller negotiations. Administered by the Department of Planning & Zoning, the program is set up as a revolving fund to continually purchase TDRs from Agricultural Preservation District (APD) owners and sell them to developers.  Owners of record of TDRs which have been conveyed from the original APD are also eligible to apply.

The currently approved price to sell TDRs to the TDR Reserve is $5,500 and is offered on a first come, first served basis as available funding and TDR supply allow. There is an additional 1% administrative fee for the purchase of TDRs. The price to purchase TDRs from the Reserve is equal to the price paid by the Board of County Commissioners for the right, plus the 1% administrative fee. The use of TDRs allows landowners to increase density potential within designated residential growth areas while preserving the county’s natural resources, agricultural land and forests. For additional information, please contact Jennifer David, Rural Planner, at 410-535-1600 x2238 or