Monday, October 12, 2009
In many counties, there are legitimate zoning districts. For example, one county might have designated a particular piece of land as agricultural. This classification usually remains until there are needs for change. More than likely, a piece of land zoned agricultural or any other classification was given that distinction to preserve the targeted area for years to come. This preservation technique was implemented to possibly make zoning easier and to make developments more uniformly predictable. This type of land development technique is called Transferable Development Rights. There are a lot of variables to be analyzed in the implementation of a TDR. However, the basis of this program comes from sprawl. Many agricultural zoned parcels of land have faced pressure from urban growth. This urban growth forces farmers to comply with the economical demands of the rapidly growing urban area. TDR's are just an open in preserving open land, but governments across the board could use more innovative ways in protecting open land.