Re: conservation easement
From: Liz Ryan Cole (
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2011 05:38:44 -0700 (PDT)
In New Hampshire we may be using something called "lot size averaging", which 
allows for clustered and slightly more intensive building in exchange for 
putting other land into open space protection (protected through a restriction 
through a zoning easement or a permanent conservation easement granted to a 
conservation organization approved by the Planning Board or to the Town of Lyme)

We have 120 acres and will build 16 homes to begin, with (in the longer term) 
another 8 at full price and 4 as "affordable" .

The tax benefit may be that our assessed value (for property taxes, which are 
high in NH as we have no income tax) might be reduced.


Liz Ryan Cole
lizryancole [at]
Pinnacle CoHousing at Loch Lyme Lodge
Lyme, NH
Home 802.785.4124
Work 802.831.1240

On Jul 21, 2011, at 12:19 PM, Audrey Watson wrote:

> At Winslow cohousing in Bainbridge Island, we put 1 acre of woods (we 
> have 5 acres) into a conservation easement with the Bainbridge Island 
> Land Trust.  They have all the legal stuff all set up.  We had to pay a 
> fee/donation? to the land trust .  We do get a property tax adjustment 
> for having it in the land trust.  and since the land was zoned 
> commercial/multi-family that helps.
> It was a long community process to make the decision, as it permanently 
> takes away other options for what we could have done with the land.
> ==audrey
> winslow cohousing
> bainbridge island, wa
> On Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 3:18 PM, Joel Plotkin<joel [at]>  wrote:
>>> Coho'ers
>>> I'm interested in any rural cohousing group that has sold or donated
>>> conservation easements. Did the condo or corporation benefit and/or did you
>>> find a way to extend the tax deductions to individuals?
>>> Joel Plotkin
>>> Hundredfold Farm
>>> Orrtanna PA
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