Purchase of Development Rights Program in Livingston County


The New York State Purchase of Development Rights Program is a competitive program that reimburses farmers up to 87.5% of the value of the development rights on their land through the acquisition of an agricultural conservation easement. To date in Livingston County, seven conservation easements have been completed protecting 6,732 acres through this state PDR program.

Conservation Easements

The New York State PDR program buys agricultural conservation easements on the state’s most productive farmland. A conservation easement is a permanent restriction on the future development of the land. The program is completely voluntary, and the seller retains title to the land and can continue farming the property; however, the land may not be used for commercial, residential, or industrial uses in perpetuity.

Livingston County Applications

The process of choosing the Livingston County farms to be submitted to the state begins with a pre-application. All farmers wishing to apply to the state PDR program must complete the pre-application process. Two informational workshops are being offered for farm owners interested in learning more about the pre-applications process:
Tuesday, February 28: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 11: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 pm

Both workshops will be held in Room 205 of the Livingston County Government Center, 6 Court Street, Geneseo.

All interested landowner MUST ATTEND one of the informational workshops prior to submitting a pre-application. Submission deadline is March 31, 2017.

Click here to read the joint Livingston County/Genesee Valley Conservancy press release on the PDR program.

Questions & Inquiries

Further information on the New York State PDR program can be found at the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets Farmland Protection website.

Information about the PDR program in Livingston County can be directed to the Genesee Valley Conservancy at 585-243-2190.