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Transfer of Development Rights (TDR)

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  • Gerald L. Brewington
  • Senior Planner
  • Missy Daniels
  • Senior Planner
  • County Annex Building
  • 3rd Floor
  • 10 SW 2nd Avenue
  • Gainesville, Fl 32601
  • Phone: 352-374-5249
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The TDR Program was established as a tool to protect the County’s environmental resources and promote viable agriculture while encouraging efficient use of services and infrastructure within the Urban Cluster. This program implements Section 9.0 of the Future Land Use Element.

Forms & Information

TDR Application Process

1. Pre-Application Conference

A pre-application conference with County staff is required prior to the submittal of an application.

2. Submittal Application

The application must be complete to be accepted by the Department of Growth Management. In order for the application to be processed, all forms and required attachments must be submitted including a Calculation of Development Rights consistent with Chapter 402, Article 29, Section 402.183.

3. Issuance of a TDR Certificate

Once the potential development rights for transfer have been calculated and an application for a Certificate has been approved, the Director will issue a Transfer of Development Rights Certificate.

4. Conservation Easement

Prior to the development rights contained in the Transfer of Development Rights Certificate being eligible for sale or transfer to a receiving property, the owner of the sending property shall record and submit to the Growth Management Department a perpetual easement for conservation or agricultural purposes on the sending property in a form acceptable to the County.

5. Conservation Management Plan

For sending properties retaining densities of one unit per 200 acres or greater, a Conservation Management Plan shall be developed and submitted for approval in accordance with ULDC Chapter 406, Article 17, Conservation Management Areas and Chapter 406, Article 20, Management Plans.

6. Instruments of Transfer

An Instrument of Transfer must be completed and notarized prior to the transfer of development rights from a sending parcel to a receiving parcel.

7. Rezoning

Once the Instrument of Transfer has been submitted to the County, the County shall process a rezoning to a TDR zoning district on the sending parcel.

How does the program work?

Development rights are sold or transferred by participating property owners from regulated conservation and viable agriculture areas (sending areas) to areas more suitable for development within the Urban Cluster (receiving areas).

See Chapter 402, Article 29 of the Land Development Code (ULDC) for more detailed information about transfer of development rights.

How are sending areas defined?

Agricultural Sending Areas are defined as any legally created parcel or combination of contiguous parcels that have an approved agricultural classification from the Alachua County Property Appraiser; that are located outside of the Urban Cluster; and are greater than or equal to 160 acres.

Conservation Sending Areas are defined as any legally created parcel or combination of contiguous parcels that contain Strategic Ecosystems or are on the Alachua County Forever (ACF) active acquisition list; and are greater than or equal to 160 acres.

How are receiving areas defined?

Any nonresidential development in the unincorporated area may become a receiving area through the purchase of development rights in order to reduce the amount of open space required on the development site.