Planning & Development Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

In light of the emerging COVID-19 crisis, the Dane County Planning & Development office will be CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC effective 4:30pm, Wednesday March 18th. Department staff will continue to answer questions and process zoning applications via phone and email, where possible.

Transfer of Development Rights

On March 22, 2010, Dane County Ordinance Amendment 45, 2009-2010 became effective. This amendment created a legal and administrative framework to support town-initiated Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) programs. TDR allows willing landowners to trade potential development rights (a.k.a "splits") available under town density policies.

To facilitate TDR, OA 45 created two new zoning overlay districts:

  • TDR-S, used to designate TDR sending areas (areas to be protected from development), and;
  • TDR-R, used to designate TDR receiving areas (areas where development is encouraged).

Information for Town Governments

All documents are in Adobe Acrobat format unless otherwise stated.

Information for Landowners or Developers