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Routt County, Colorado
P.O. Box 773598
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
Ph: (970) 879-0108
Fx: (970) 879-3992

PDR Board
 Frye-Carpenter.jpg Yampa Valley citizens and visitors alike have long recognized the value of Routt County’s agricultural lands and natural areas. Agriculture represents a significant and relatively stable portion of the County’s economy, having an annual fiscal contribution of more than $24 million. The abundance of agricultural lands and natural areas in Routt County also plays a substantial 
role in attracting tourists and thus supporting the local recreational economy. Natural areas also sustain the vital ecological communities that support wildlife, waterfowl, and fisheries.  Many of the County’s natural areas contain important riparian areas that have been nationally recognized as being ecologically significant.

Realizing the importance of preserving these vital open lands, Routt County voters initially approved the creation of a Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) Program in November of 1996, and reaffirmed their commitment to the program in November 2005 by voting to renew the effort with increased funding through 2025. PDR is a land protection tool in which a property’s development rights are purchased from willing landowners. In exchange, the landowner grants a perpetual conservation easement, or deed restriction on the property, thereby permanently protecting the land from development. The land may be sold or transferred, but the deed restriction remains in place.

The PDR Program provides landowners an economically attractive alternative to selling land for development by compensating them for the development rights on their land. Ownership of the property remains vested with the landowner, who can use and manage the property consistent with the terms of the conservation easement.

Purchase of Development Rights Documents

Contact Us
Helena Taylor
Staff Assistant
Ph: (970) 879-0108 ext 315

Purchase of Development Rights Advisory Board
522 Lincoln Avenue
PO Box 773598
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477

Current Board Members

Claire Sollars, Chair

Tarn Dickerson, Vice Chair

Mary Kay Monger

Dean Rossi

John Ayer

Carl Vail

Mary Alice Page-Allen