Easements can help keep Clermont green

More people are calling Clermont County home.  Since 2000, the county has experienced a 10 percent increase in population, growing from an estimated 177,977 to 195,385 residents today. 

In a recent land use planning survey, Clermont County citizens indicated a desire to balance future growth and development while protecting specific land uses, such as open space.  As growth and development continues, land preservation tools (such as conservation easements) will be essential to protect natural areas and open spaces.

A conservation easement is a voluntary agreement made by a landowner to place deed restrictions over property (or a section of property) to preserve land in its current state; it will protect the feature of the landscape (that we are trying to conserve) from incompatible land use.