Transfer of Development Rights

PAS QuickNotes 74

By David Morley, AICP


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Transfer of development rights (TDR) is a voluntary, market-driven growth management tool that permits higher intensity development in designated “receiving” areas in exchange for land or resource preservation in designated “sending” areas. This edition of PAS QuickNotes provides general background on the TDR concept and summarizes the key steps in designing and implementing a new TDR program.


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June 1, 2018
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About the Author

David Morley, AICP
David Morley, AICP, is a Research Program and QA Manager at the American Planning Association in Chicago, where he manages and contributes to sponsored research projects; manages the development of the Research KnowledgeBase; develops, organizes, and participates in educational sessions and workshops; and writes for APA publications. Mr. Morley also edits Zoning Practice.