Shenandoah County established a conservation easement program to allow landowners to permanently protect their family farms from development through the donation of a conservation easement. A conservation easement is a voluntary agreement in which the landowner agrees to place specific restrictions on the use and development of their property. In many cases, landowners can reap significant income tax and estate tax benefits by donating an easement. In certain circumstances, landowners may receive payments to offset the reduction in fair market value due to the easement on the land.
A Conservation Easement Authority (CEA) was established to carry out this easement program.
- Mountain Courier: Protecting the Bounty of the County (Oct. 2014)
- County Easement Code
- CEA Brochure
- Steps for Conveying and Easement
- Conservation Easements Presentation
- Tax Benefits of Conservation Easements 2014
- Conservation Options for Heirs
- Newsletter-Preserving Shenandoah Oct 2011
- Newsletter-Preserving Shenandoah June 2010