Purchase of Development Rights | Calendar
Government agencies buy development rights from private landowners to reduce the number of houses that could be built. PDR programs allow landowners to convert some of the wealth tied up in land into cash without relinquishing ownership or agricultural uses.
As of 2018, Fauquier County’s PDR program has purchased 654 development rights, protecting 13,000 acres, at a cost of $16,700,000. Funding is provided through a local tax of $0.006. Additional funding is provided by the USDA, Virginia DCR, VDACS, Dept. of Defense REPI program, and others.
Funding support for PDR programs is available through the U.S. Dept. of Defense Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Program (REPI). This program seeks to protect military missions by helping remove or avoid land-use conflicts near installations, such as MCB Quantico. As of 2018, the REPI program invested more than $25 million in Virginia.
Opening Remarks” Jeanine Lawson, Brentsville Supervisor
Speakers: Darryl Griffin, MCB Quantico Community Plans Officer, Ray Pickering, Fauquier County Agricultural Development Officer and Jeff Adams, Stafford County Farmer