Purchase of Development Rights

Responding to the loss of County farmland, Whatcom County Executive initiated the development of a Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) program in September of 2001.  Resolution 2001-049

In conjunction with other tools for protecting farmland, the Whatcom County Purchase of Development Rights Program will contribute to sustaining the farming enterprise in Whatcom County.

The PDR program is a voluntary program that compensates property owners for the value of their unexercised residential development potential and enacts an agricultural conservation easement.  Through protecting our agricultural resource lands we are supporting the agricultural industry for current and future generations.
 
PDR Program Guidelines
PDR Program Application
 
PDR Oversight Committee 

Purpose
The Purchase of Development Rights Oversight Committee provides oversight and evaluation for the Whatcom County Purchase of Development Rights program, which will enhance the protection of the county's farmland, enhance the long-term viability of agricultural enterprises within the county and provide public benefit by retaining properties in permanent resource use. This committee's role is to advise the Council in the selection of eligible lands offered for Purchase of Development Rights acquisition.

Meetings are held quarterly.
 

There are 7 members of the Purchase of Development Rights Oversight Committee:
 

  • 3 Whatcom County farmers
  • 1 citizen (non-farmer) from incorporated city
  • 1 citizen (non-farmer) from unincorporated county
  • 1 individual representing farm-supporting businesses
  • 1 individual with real estate experience

Announcements

Vacancy Announcement
Purchase of Development Rights Oversight Committee
1 Vacancy. Applicant position is for a non-farmer residing in unincorporated Whatcom County.
 
This committee provides oversight and evaluation of the Agricultural Purchase of Development Rights program for Whatcom County. This program enhances the protection of the County's farmland, enhances the long-term viability of agricultural enterprises within the County and provides public benefit by retaining properties in permanent resource use. Meets on a quarterly basis, as needed; four-year term. Executive-appointed.
 
Authority 

Date of Formation
  • December 8, 2002