Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) Program
The Town of
The Town's Land Trust Commission oversees the PDR program. For meeting dates and agendas, or to see a list of commissioners, click here.
Currently the Town holds conservation easements on 27 properties, covering 2,996.07 acres and representing over 16% of the area of Dunn.
When including the conservation efforts of other organizations, about 31% of the Town's area is currently protected.
Conservation Organization Number of Acres Town of 2996.07 1747.2 622.72 The Nature Conservancy 221.7 70.79
Number of Acres
The Nature Conservancy
(Note: Easements are Private Property - No Public Access is Granted)
Please click here to see an enlarged map and a legend.
The Town of Dunn regularly mails pre-application forms to all eligible residents - those that own 35 acres or more of contiguous land in the Town. When the Town receives an application, staff will score the applicants' property using an objective ranking system (see Land Ranking and Selection Criteria below). The scores determined by the ranking system help the Land Trust Commission determine properties for which to pursue a PDR transaction.
The Town of
In order to better leverage limited funds, the Town of Dunn seeks grant funding from sources such as the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the United States Department of Agriculture, and Dane County Parks. Grants and donations have paid for 55.34% of the cost of purchasing development rights, saving tax payers $3,361,389.
The Town of Dunn also partners with the Natural Heritage Land Trust (NHLT). With every easement purchase, the Town pays the NHLT an endowment fee of roughly $8,000 to assist in enforcing and monitoring conservation easements. Please click here to read the Memorandum of Agreement Between the Town of Dunn and Natural Heritage Land Trust, Inc.
A conservation easement is the legal contract which the Town uses to acquire development rights. A unique consevation easement is crafted with each landowner to best protect the significant features of each individual property.
Many studies show that agricultural and open space uses greatly reduce the tax burden on residents as compared to residential uses. The following studies enumerate the relationship between revenues generated by various land uses and compares the tax burden that servicing each use places on the tax payers of a community.
Cost of Community Services Study for Three Dane Towns: Dunn, Perry, and Westport 1999
Listed below is tax information for conservation easements. These materials are for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice.
For more information concerning the Town of Dunn's Purchase of Development Rights
Program, please contact:
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