Applicants sought for Transfer of Development Rights Committee

Applications are being accepted to fill five positions on a Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) Committee for Pierce County.

Members of the Committee will assist in oversight of the Transfer and Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) Program in conjunction with the TDR Administrator. Issues to be addressed include, but are not limited to, operational oversight of the Development Rights Bank, developing techniques to determine whether the policy goals of the TDR/PDR program are being achieved, and providing recommendations regarding TDR agreements and provisions.

The Committee will convene as needed. The five open positions will serve without compensation and will include one representative from each of the following sectors: building industry, local land trust, real estate profession, real estate appraiser and the general public.

The Transfer of Development Rights Program in Pierce County is a market-based approach that shifts development rights from ecologically sensitive and resource-rich lands to lands that are more suitable for development. This shift helps redirect growth to urban areas. The land from which the development rights are transferred is called the “sending site.” The “receiving site” is the land to which the development rights are shifted. The receiving site may be developed at a residential density higher than base density.

Applications may be obtained by click here — — or in person at the Pierce County Executive’s Office at 930 Tacoma Ave. S., Room 737, (253) 798-7477) or from the Department of Planning and Land Services, 2401 S. 35th Street, (253) 798-3736. Applications must be submitted to the Executive’s Office no later than 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 12.