The Open-Space Land Act is an important piece of Virginia’s land protection policy. The Act enables the Commonwealth of Virginia to work in partnership with landowners to reduce sprawl and protect open space. Under the law, public bodies are authorized to acquire or designate property interests for use as open space. In particular, the Act authorizes the Virginia to accept conservation easements on open space areas.
Virginia Open-Space Land Act
Statutes and Ordinances
Level of Government
Conservation Easements, Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easements
Va. Code Ann. §§ 10.1-1700 to 10.1-1705 (2013).