Zoning for Conservation Easements

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Jesse Richardson

West Virginia University College of Law

Amanda Bernard

Kachemak Heritage Land Trust

Date Written: October 1, 2011


Conservation easements have proliferated across the United States. These private agreements have profound impacts on local land use and are supported by general subsidies from the public, but are generally not connected in any way to local land use plans or zoning ordinances. This article proposes that conservation easements be treated like any other land use and incorporated into land use planning processes. Conservation easements should be allowed of right in some areas, and prohibited in others.

Keywords: conservation easements, land use planning, zoning

JEL Classification: K11, K32

Suggested Citation

Richardson, Jesse and Bernard, Amanda, Zoning for Conservation Easements (October 1, 2011). Law and Contemporary Problems, Vol. 74, No. 83, 2011, WVU Law Research Paper No. 2013-8, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2195214 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2195214

Jesse Richardson (Contact Author)

West Virginia University College of Law ( email )

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Morgantown, WV West Virginia 26506-6130
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3042939460 (Phone)

Amanda Bernard

Kachemak Heritage Land Trust ( email )

315 Klondike Ave
Homer, AK 99603
United States

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