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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
Just as with other commodity markets like food and oil, the TDR market is
driven by supply and demand. Landowners of sending sites create the supply of
development rights when they choose to put a conservation easement on their
property in exchange for TDRs to sell and transfer to other areas. Developers
using development rights to increase density at receiving sites create the
The market price of TDRs is set by four factors:
Development rights are bought and sold through private party transactions.
Special conditions apply to buying and selling TDRs in Kittitas County:
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.