The Dane County Board of Supervisors voted overwhelmingly Feb. 4, 2010 to approve Ordinance Amendment 45, a county-wide TDR ordinance. It became effective on March 22, 2010. This new ordinance is a voluntary program in which towns can elect to participate.
The ordinance creates a framework to support town-initiated TDR programs. TDR allows willing landowners to trade potential development rights (a.k.a "splits") available under town density policies.
Dane County TDR Ordinance See 10.158 and 10.159
Dane County TDR Guide for Town Plans
DCTA 2009 TDR presentation
Town of Springfield TDR proposal
TDR Ordinance History
During the months of December and January, 2009, 22 towns voted to support Ordinance Amendment 45 establishing a county-wide Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) Ordinance. On February 4, 2010, the Dane County Board of Supervisors followed the majority consensus of town governments and voted to approve OA 45 (35-1) with amendments that were requested by the Dane County Towns Association.
These amendments added the following language:
--A development proposal which is consistent with adopted plans is not objectionable on the grounds that it is not being undertaken with transferred development rights.
--No third-parties with enforcement rights may be added without approval of the Town and the County.
--Add the word “voluntarily” to the description of the TDR–S (sending area) and TDR-R (receiving area) overlay districts.