​Willing sellers must submit an application, or property nomination form, for their property to be evaluated. There is no fee to apply and a landowner may withdraw their property from consideration at any time, unless the landowner enters into a contract with Lee County for the purchase of the property.

During the review process, a landowner may continue to market the property.

If you wish to make a donation of land to Lee County, please consult with a tax advisor, which may prove to have significant tax advantages for the seller. In Section I, there is a box you may check if you wish to donate your land. All owners of record must sign the application or provide signatures on separate forms. The owner(s) should answer as many questions on the second page of the form as possible.

It is not mandatory, but highly encouraged, for the landowner(s) to provide as many of the following documents as possible. Providing this information may help avoid delays in the review process:

  • Copy of Real Property Appraisal Report
  • Copy of Land Boundary Survey
  • Wetlands/Uplands Determination or Wetland jurisdictional map
  • Copy of Title Policy or other title research verifying ownership and encumbrances
  • Listed Species Survey
  • Copy of all land development permits

 
Review Process

Each property that is submitted will go through a preliminary review process before a Board of County Commissioners appointed citizen advisory committee, known as the Conservation Lands Acquisition and Stewardship Advisory Committee (CLASAC), makes any recommendation on which properties may be pursued for acquisition.

You are encouraged to nominate your property if you believe that your property may be eligible.

The review process varies but generally takes approximately 2 to 4 months.

Property Nomination Form

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sit the Review Criteria page for additional information.


Legacy Program

The Legacy Program is an incentive program to attract owners of exceptional conservation land to preserve it for future generations by honoring family heritage or an area of cultural significance. View the brochure to learn more.

 

For additional details on the Legacy Program, see Ordinances and Resolutions