205 W 5th Ave
Ellensburg, WA 98926-2887
Monday - Friday
8 AM - 5 PM
Kittitas (pronounced 'KITT-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) Program
TDR Program Overview
TDR Market Information
Sending Site Information
Receiving Site Information
Glossary of TDR Terms
The TDR program is a voluntary incentive-based, and market-driven approach for supporting appropriate
levels of development in rural areas, encouraging development in urban areas, and conserving resource
lands in Kittitas County while allowing property owners to realize the full value of their investment.
The program is based on free-market principles and prices that motivate landowner and developer participation.
Rural landowners realize economic return through the sale of development rights to private developers.
This market in development rights allows rural landowners to receive financial compensation without
having to sell or fully develop their land. Developers are financially motivated to purchase development
rights as a requirement for rezone applications that will allow the creation of additional buildable
lots for projects or as an incentive for increased density in urban growth areas.
For further information see the TDR Program Overview, or for specific questions
not answered on the website please contact the staff listed below, or consult
TDR Code (KCC 17.13).
Community Development Services
411 N. Ruby Street, Suite 2
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.