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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
Once development rights from sending sites become certified, the sending site
is protected from future development, and the TDR Certificates are available to
use at receiving sites. Receiving sites are parcels of land located where the
existing services and infrastructure can accommodate additional growth. TDR
Certificates are required for receiving sites as a condition of final approval
for developments that are requesting densities greater than allowed under
current zoning. This includes rezones for densities greater than one dwelling
unit per 20 acres in areas outside of urban growth areas, Performance Based
Cluster Plats (PBCP), Planned Unit Developments (PUD), Master Planned Resorts
(MPR), and Limited Areas of More Intense Rural Development (LAMIRD).
Download a copy of the TDR brochureto
learn more about how TDR Certificates can benefit development projects.
Basic criteria for receiving sites are outlined below. The
TDR Code (KCC 17.13)
has the detailed criteria for receiving sites.
The number of TDR Certificates that are required for receiving sites is as
When you apply to Kittitas County to subdivide land at densities greater than allowed under its current
zoning, you will need to provide the County TDR Certificates as a requirement of approving the subdivision.
The TDR Certificates are required prior to final approval of the subdivision.
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.