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Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) Program
Greenspace + Growth   Explore TDRS 
Madison is one of less than a handful of Georgia cities to initiate a Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) Program.  Unlike traditional agricultural-oriented programs, this TDR Program concentrates on the protection and connection of vital pockets of natural habitat, riparian areas, and greenspace within an existing built environment.

Pilot Program
Program participation is voluntary and based on eligibility.  Property owners of designated "sending parcels" may opt to sever and sell their right to build a dwelling - a transferrable development right (TDR).  Property owners or developers of designated "receiving parcels" may opt to buy TDRs to increase the number of housing units permitted on their property.

The TDR program combines strategic planning and financial incentives to accommodate growth while protecting greenspace.  For more information, Contact Us

Recent Success
In July 2015, the City put its ordinance to the test, with a little help from the Athens Land Trust and the Riverview Foundation (Greenspace, press release) and cooperation from the Downtown Development Authority (Growth, press release).  Madison placed under conservation easement 25 acres, which will be open to the public for passive recreation.        


About the Program
            Program Summary
Administrative Procedures
Planning Policy Basis

Ordinance: Code, Chapter 54
Pilot Area Map 
GreenPrint Reference Map
Zoning Reference Map

Forms & Samples
Sending Parcels:
    Preliminary Application  
Conservation Easement
    | Certification APP            
Receiving Parcels:
    | Final Application
TDR Certificate
Deed of Development Right 

Availability of TDRs
TDR Bank:
    contact - D.Land, email 
To Post Your TDRs:
    Contact Us  
Conservation Properties
Presidents Park (see left)
Pritchard Farm (see left)
Round Bowl Spring Park (see left)
Tanyard Branch (see left)
Round Bowl Spring
Park & Trail

1.4 acre tract
Adjacent to the City's original water source and Downtown Madison, with trails, native plants, spring runs, and a stream
Round Bowl Spring-Entrance Arbor
Park & Trail

2.5 acre tract
Bottomland hardwood forest containing a tributary of Horse Branch and future site of vital greenspace and recreation for an underserved neighborhood
  Future Presidents Park
Pritchard Farm Cemetery & Trail

19.0 acre tract
Oak-Hickory-Pine Forest and successional meadow, reserved for the City's future rural cemetery expansion
  Pritchard Farm 
Tanyard Branch
Park & Trail

3.0 acre tract
Bottomland hardwood forest and its namesake water source
Future Tanyard Branch Park