Water Resources: Transfer of Development Rights

by James LeGrotte, Federal Emergency Management Agency, - Region VI, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Optimizing the Resources for Water Management


This paper addresses conflicts regarding development, land owners rights, accepted land development management practices, and community or public rights. It includes such issues as the mounting pressures for development, density, urban sprawl, the need to conserve open space, community tax base, private land ownership, water resources planning and management, the taking issue, and the role of transfer of development rights as a concept and as it is administered. The intent of the paper is to explore a system which on sound planning, and must involve the property owner, the community and the developer in its implementation. It outlines a method through which environmental values can be preserved; community tax base and revenues can be expanded; property owners can be compensated for lost 'taken' development opportunities; and comprehensive land development plans can be implemented; all without an outlay of large amounts of public money.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Land use | Water rights | Water conservation | Urban and regional development | Taxation | Public policy

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