Northampton Purchase of Development Rights Program

The County of Northampton enacted the Purchase of Development Rights Ordinance in late 2006 and amended the Ordinance on June II, 2007. The PDR Program was designed and promoted by a coalition of farm, conservation, business, and civic interests. There was a common concern for resource and growth management, as well as preservation of agri-business and a balanced tax base. Although Northampton's program is new, it will undoubtedly be an important tool for conserving our natural resources, protecting the rural character and heritage of the Eastern Shore in Northampton County and will help preserve the agricultural land base of the County.

The goal of the program is to preserve and protect farm and forested lands through perpetual easements. The protected land base will help to ensure that farm and forested lands will be available for future generations to maintain a viable agricultural industry for the County. The estimated economic impact of agricultural products grown in Northampton County totaled over $90 million for 2006.

Contact Northampton Purchase of Development Rights Program

Contact Northampton Purchase of Development Rights Program

Peter Stith
PDR Program
16404 Courthouse Road
PO Box 538
Eastville, Virginia  23347
Phone: (757) 678-0443


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  • Northampton County, Virginia