Madison is one of just a few Georgia cities to initiate a Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) Program.  The TDR tool combines strategic planning and financial incentives to accommodate growth while protecting community assets.  Madison’s TDR Program concentrates on:

  • the protection and connection of vital pockets of natural habitat, riparian areas, and greenspace within an existing built environment, and
  • developing sustainable communities

The first TDR project in Madison resulted in 25 acres of permanently protected green space and Madison’s first LEED certified building.

The Conservancy assisted in drafting the TDR ordinance in 2013-2014 and is actively working to educate landowners about their new economic opportunities under this program.

 Madison TDR Ordinance