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Best Practices in Georgia Planning


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Conservation Easements

Encourage owners of key properties (such as those in environmentally sensitive areas, included in the local greenspace plan, or designated for agricultural use in the comprehensive plan) to utilize conservation easements or sale of development rights to preserve their land from future development. Conservation easements allow private landowners to donate the development rights of their property to a qualified conservation organization or government agency, in exchange for tax savings. Sale of development rights is an arrangement whereby private landowners sell the development rights of their property to a qualified conservation organization or government agency. In both cases above, giving up the development rights permanently protects a property from development and thereby ensures that it remains as green space or farmland.
  • We like to better protect our natural resources (such as streams, wetlands, etc.)
  • We'd like to encourage development to locate in areas most suitable for new growth
  • We'd like to increase the amount of greenspace or parkland in our community
  • We'd like to protect our trees, particularly where new development takes place
  • We'd like to provide more protection of historic resources
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