Once the proposed conservation easement design has been drafted and approved by the Easement Committee, the proposed easement is appraised to determine its value. Appraisals may also take several months for the appraiser to complete and for the Easement Committee to approve. The appraised value of the conservation easement becomes the basis for the offer to the landowner.
The Council pays for all appraisals and staff time required to design a proposed conservation easement. Generally speaking, the purchase price is the difference between the land’s value with the easement and its value without the easement.