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Rural Preservation Program



Mission
The mission of the Rural Preservation Program is to protect and preserve agricultural lands, natural areas and the rural character of the Town of Dunkirk through the acquisition of agricultural and natural area conservation easements.

Goals
The Rural Preservation Program endeavors to:
- Work with willing, eligible landowners to permanently protect their property
- Protect and buffer farmland and viable farm operations from the impacts of development
- Preserve and buffer significant natural features, scenic vistas, and historic, cultural, and archaeological sites and landscapes from the impacts of development
- Create and maintain corridors of protected land

Strategies
In an effort to fulfill the purpose of the rural preservation program and achieve its goals Dunkrik will:
  • Partner with organizations for funding to assist in carrying out program goals
  • Create and sustain partnerships with a variety of organizations with shared goals, principally the Natural Heritage Land Trust
  • Communicate with residents on a regular basis and provide program information to interested individuals and groups
  • Purchase the development rights on a voluntary basis from willing owners through the use of conservation easements
  • Utilize/promote programs that support farmland preservation (DATCP’s Ag Enterprise Areas)
  • Create Rural Preservation Commission to recommend: application process, selection criteria, easement appraisal process, enforcement/stewardship

What is a PDR
Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) is an incentive based, voluntary program with the intent of permanently protecting productive, sensitive, or aesthetic landscapes, yet retaining private ownership and management. In this program, a landowner sells the development rights of a parcel of land to a public agency, land trust or unit of government. A conservation easement is recorded on the title of the property that limits development permanently. While the right to develop or subdivide that land is permanently restricted, the land owner retains all other rights and responsibilities associated with that land and can use or sell it for purposes allowed in the easement.

PDR Committee and Meeting Minutes

Upcoming calendar of meetings and events
Meetings held on the 2nd Monday at 6:30 pm at the town hall
Future forums - January, April, September 2018

Maps

Annexations - 2000 - 2016 Comprehensive Plan Stoughton ETJ 2016
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Links
Frequently Asked Questions (source: Town of Dunn)
March 19, 2017 Educational Meeting

Federal Income Tax Benefits - Income Tax Incentives for Land Conservation
https://www.landtrustalliance.org/topics/taxes/income-tax-incentives-land-conservation
http://s3.amazonaws.com/landtrustalliance.org/ConservationEasementTaxIncentiveBrochure2016.pdf

Estate Tax Incentives for Land Conservation

Other local programs
Town of Dunn, Dane County 
Rock County 
2016 Status of Local Programs in the US 

If you have any questions or comments, please email the PDR Chair, Ingrid West.



Mission
The mission of the Rural Preservation Program is to protect and preserve agricultural lands, natural areas and the rural character of the Town of Dunkirk through the acquisition of agricultural and natural area conservation easements.

Goals
The Rural Preservation Program endeavors to:
- Work with willing, eligible landowners to permanently protect their property
- Protect and buffer farmland and viable farm operations from the impacts of development
- Preserve and buffer significant natural features, scenic vistas, and historic, cultural, and archaeological sites and landscapes from the impacts of development
- Create and maintain corridors of protected land

Strategies
In an effort to fulfill the purpose of the rural preservation program and achieve its goals Dunkrik will:
  • Partner with organizations for funding to assist in carrying out program goals
  • Create and sustain partnerships with a variety of organizations with shared goals, principally the Natural Heritage Land Trust
  • Communicate with residents on a regular basis and provide program information to interested individuals and groups
  • Purchase the development rights on a voluntary basis from willing owners through the use of conservation easements
  • Utilize/promote programs that support farmland preservation (DATCP’s Ag Enterprise Areas)
  • Create Rural Preservation Commission to recommend: application process, selection criteria, easement appraisal process, enforcement/stewardship

What is a PDR
Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) is an incentive based, voluntary program with the intent of permanently protecting productive, sensitive, or aesthetic landscapes, yet retaining private ownership and management. In this program, a landowner sells the development rights of a parcel of land to a public agency, land trust or unit of government. A conservation easement is recorded on the title of the property that limits development permanently. While the right to develop or subdivide that land is permanently restricted, the land owner retains all other rights and responsibilities associated with that land and can use or sell it for purposes allowed in the easement.

PDR Committee and Meeting Minutes

Upcoming calendar of meetings and events
Meetings held on the 2nd Monday at 6:30 pm at the town hall
Future forums - January, April, September 2018

Maps

Annexations - 2000 - 2016 Comprehensive Plan Stoughton ETJ 2016
Click here to enlarge Click here to enlarge Click here to enlarge


Links
Frequently Asked Questions (source: Town of Dunn)
March 19, 2017 Educational Meeting

Federal Income Tax Benefits - Income Tax Incentives for Land Conservation
https://www.landtrustalliance.org/topics/taxes/income-tax-incentives-land-conservation
http://s3.amazonaws.com/landtrustalliance.org/ConservationEasementTaxIncentiveBrochure2016.pdf

Estate Tax Incentives for Land Conservation

Other local programs
Town of Dunn, Dane County 
Rock County 
2016 Status of Local Programs in the US 

If you have any questions or comments, please email the PDR Chair, Ingrid West