Conservation Easement Program

Overview

The Town Board has adopted a Conservation Easement ("CE") program which provides property tax benefits to owners interested in protecting farmlands and sensitive areas. The CE program complements the Town's other environmental tools including planned unit developments, country hamlets, and conservation subdivisions.

The CE program is the result of a State Law sponsored by Assemblyperson Patricia Fahy and State Senator Michelle Hinchey. The Assembly's Memorandum in Support states that: "Guilderland has been studying open space issues for several years, including legal methods of reflecting the benefits of conserved lands in property taxes, and would like to offer this exemption, pursuant to local law and other actions of the town board."