Purchase of Development Rights Program in Livingston County


The New York State Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) 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, 12 conservation easements have been completed, protecting 7,412 acres through the 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.

2019 Call for Pre-Applications

Livingston County and the Genesee Valley Conservancy have announced that the Livingston County Agricultural & Farmland Protection Board will be accepting pre-applications from landowners interested in being considered for the next New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets PDR program or other state and federal farmland protection initiatives that may become available in the future.  The deadline for pre-application submission is March 29, 2019.

Click below for a copy of the pre-application:
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Landowners interested in submitting a pre-application must attend one of two mandatory workshops:

Thursday, February 28, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.  OR
Saturday, March 9, 2019, at 10 a.m.

Both workshops will be held in Room 205/208 of the Livingston County Government Center, 6 Court Street, in Geneseo.

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.

Questions on the Livingston County PDR pre-application can be directed to the Genesee Valley Conservancy at 585-243-2190.