Protect Your Property
Landowners can protect their property with the outright donation of land to the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. An outright gift of property potentially offers the landowner maximum immediate tax benefits – the landowner may receive the full market value of the property as a charitable tax deduction, and can avoid the capital gains tax that would be due from a sale. And, your gift of land will help create a legacy of open space for generations to come.
"In the future, livable communities will be the basis for our competitiveness and economic strength. Our efforts to make communities more livable today must emphasize the right kind of growth--sustainable growth. Promoting a better quality of life for our families need never come at the expense of economic growth. Indeed, in the 21st century it can, and must be, an engine for economic growth." — Former Vice President Al Gore
The Benefits of Land Conservation
Instead of costing money, conserving open space as a smart growth strategy can save communities money.
In the long term, economic advantage will go to communities that are able to guide growth through land conservation and other smart growth measures. In some instances a community's bond rating may actually rise after it has shown it can control growth by purchasing open space.
One 1998 real estate industry analysis predicts that over the next 25 years, real estate values will rise fastest in the smart communities that incorporate the traditional characteristics of successful cities: a concentration of amenities, an integration of residential and commercial districts, and a 'pedestrian-friendly configuration'.
But many low-density suburban communities will suffer lower land values because of poor planning, increasing traffic, deteriorating housing stock, and loss of exclusivity, the report predicts, concluding that "there is no greater risk to land values than unrestrained development".
Take Advantage of Conservation Easements
Another way to ensure family lands are protected in perpetuity is the conservation easement. A conservation easement is a legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust, identifying activities that are permitted and prohibited on the property, for the purpose of protecting the property’s conservation values in perpetuity.
Learn more about conservation easements here.
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