photo4aDLC has a 25-year record of success working with landowners to offer a variety of conservation options for their land. Through a careful analysis of the land’s natural resources combined with the landowner’s goals, we have the unique ability to help people plan for their land by combining two important objectives: protecting the land’s natural resources and creating opportunities for well sited future home sites. DLC is able to analyze the land’s most important resources and offer guidance regarding the location of future development. Lack of good planning sometimes leads to over development or intense use of resources we can’t afford to lose. Conservation land planning involves the careful analysis of both the land’s natural resources and the landowner’s goals, and helps provide a sensitive plan that maximizes the preservation of important resources while accommodating some well-sited development.

To teach our local municipal officials the value of conservation land planning combined with the use of conservation easements, we offer educational programs for Town and Planning Board members. One of these, entitled Conservation Easements and Subdivisions: What Works and What Doesn’t, is endorsed by the Dutchess County Planning Federation for continuing education credits to help Planning and Zoning Board officials meet the New York State mandatory training requirements. Participants come away with a good understanding of the benefits of conservation planning and practical ideas and ways to incorporate conservation easements more effectively into the planning and approval process.