What is a development easement?

A development easement is a property owner's legal right to develop a piece of land for non-agricultural purposes. If the development easement, or development "rights", are sold the land cannot be developed for any purpose other than what is specifically permitted by the easement restrictions.

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1. What is an Agricultural Development Area?
2. What is an agricultural district?
3. What is a development easement?
4. How does a person apply to this program?
5. Is this a County or State program?
6. How are the applications evaluated?
7. How long does the application process take?
8. How is a farm restricted after the development easement has been sold?
9. Is the land still privately owned after the development easement is sold?
10. How much money is offered for the easement?
11. It is a competitive process?
12. How are the applications funded?