​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 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 the 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 to the program will go through a two-step review process before a decision is made whether to pursue it for acquisition. The Board of County Commissioners appointed a 15-member citizen advisory committee, named the Conservation Lands Acquisition and Stewardship Advisory Committee (CLASAC), to recommend which properties will be pursued for acquisition. CLASAC conducts a minimum of four meetings in the review process: two full meetings and two subcommittee meetings.

The following links describe the initial review and secondary review process, including sample review forms. You are encouraged to nominate your property if you believe that your property may be eligible. The CLASAC review process will take approximately 1-2 months for the initial review and 1-2 months for the secondary review.

Property Nomination Form


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