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Re: SG-W:/ Preserving Land
I know that you'll hear from Barry Lonik at WPLT and Jack Smiley at SEMLC.
Both organizations are online and discuss some of the options for landowners:
Washtenaw - Potawatomi Land Trust
Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy
Both organizations are doing an outstanding job of preserving farmland and
open spaces around Ann Arbor. What I like about both organizations is that
they are working to preserve agricultural lands for agricultural uses, not
just for open space(although I like open space too!). If the primary interest
of your friend is in preserving the farmland, I think both organizations can
make that happen more quickly than the purchase of development rights through
the state. My understanding is that the state program is woefully underfunded
and their is an incredible demand across the state on the PDR program. Still,
explore all possible options. I hope to hear of another preservation victory
in the near future!
"Kristen A. Gibbs" wrote:
> Hi all,
> I have a friend with a good bit of property outside Ann Arbor that is
> currently farmland. They are looking to preserve it as open space and are
> thinking about putting it in a land trust or selling the development
> rights to the State of Michigan. The property is larger than the minimum
> 40 acres the State requires and is good quality farmland. I have heard of
> land trusts and development rights as ideas batted around a lot but have
> only a vague idea on how they work, so there are a whole slew of
> Has anyone on this list sold their development rights to the state? How
> does that work? Do you retain ownership of the land? Is an easement
> created that makes it unbuildable, or is there some sort of wording in
> the deed? Can that deed wording go away after a certain number of owners?
> Can the state develop the land, then? What about a land trust? How does
> that work, with ownership, development, etc?
> Any guidance, references, or sources you have would be much appreciated.
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