Conservation easement holding entities, like the Delaware SWCD, have protected millions of acres of land all across the country.

The Delaware SWCD began its program in 2007, making it one of the first Conservation Districts in Ohio to hold conservation easements within subdivision development areas.

Ownership of a piece of property may best be described as a “bundle of rights.”  These rights include the right to occupy, use, lease, sell, and develop the land.  An easement involves the exchange of one or more of these rights from the landowner to someone who does not own the land.  In the case of conservation easements held by the Delaware SWCD, the developer of the land deeds the easement to the SWCD.  Easements have been used for years to provide governments, utilities, and extractive industries with certain rights regarding the land for specified purposes while the ownership of the land remains with the private property owner.

Today’s pressures from encroaching development and urban sprawl have sparked a growing concern over the loss of farmland, green space, and natural resources.  The conservation easement is but one tool developers, landowners, government, and other conservation organizations can use to protect and preserve sensitive natural areas.

To qualify for a conservation easement, the land must have some conservation or preservation value.  Obvious examples would include land that harbors rare plant species or animal life, or land bordering an existing park or preserve.  Less obvious examples might include a wooded ravine, land that provides wildlife access to a natural waterway, or a small wetland area that helps filter surface water.


Frequently Asked Questions


What can be done on a Conservation Easement?

  • Property covered by a conservation easement is still privately-owned land, with the only restrictions on the land use being those agreed upon by the developer and easement holder at the time the subdivision is platted.
  • Private property owners maintain all responsibilities of a landowner unless otherwise stipulated in the conservation easement deed agreement.
  • Private property owners retain rights to privacy giving access only to the easement holder for inspection and enforcement purposes.
  • Easements do not require private property owners to provide public access.
  • Camping, fishing, hiking, and hunting are allowed with landowner permission (where local ordinances allow).


What are the Benefits to the Environment?

  • Provide vegetated buffer zones that filter pollutants from runoff.
  • Protect natural wetlands that store runoff and filter pollutants.
  • Sustain wildlife habitat in and along ravines and stream channels.
  • Provide passive recreational opportunities for property owners.
  • Add and contribute to a community’s greenspace areas.


What are the Responsibilities of the Easement Holder?

  • Establishing baseline easement documentation including enforceable deed language, maps, property descriptions, and baseline documentation of the property’s characteristics.
  • Monitoring the use of the land on a regular basis via onsite visits to the property (to ensure that the easement restrictions are being upheld).
  • Providing information and background data regarding the easement to property owners.
  • Enforcing the restrictions of the easement through the legal system, if necessary.
  • Maintaining property/easement related records.


Who can I contact for more information?

Matt Lanum
Delaware SWCD
(740) 368-1921


How to view Deeds of Conservation Easement

All Deeds of Conservation Easement are maintained as official documents by the Delaware County Recorder.  To access and view the deeds, please visit the Delaware County Recorder’s website, and follow these instructions for accessing the search page.

Once in the Search page, you can search for specific deeds using the Volume/Page information below.

  • Click “Continue to Search”
  • In the upper left corner, click “Sign in as Guest” and then click “Acknowledge”
  • On the top line, click “Volume/Page.”
  • Use the table below to find the Volume and Page #s for the deed you would like to view.  Type those into the appropriate boxes and click “Search.”
  • On the right side of the screen, click the page icon in the Images column.  From this page, you can either Save the document using the buttons at the top of the page, or Print it (using the pull-down menu at the left side of the page).


Subdivision/Easement Area Record Date Volume Page
Courtyards at South Section Line 3/29/2017 1493 2195
Enclave at the Lakes 6/22/2015 1358 2620
National Lime & Stone 12/3/2014 1321 1757
Nelson Farms Section 1, Phase A, Part 1 11/9/2010 1007 554
Nelson Farms Section 1, Phase A, Part 2 4/5/2011 1038 2032
Nelson Farms Section 1, Phase A, Part 3 11/16/2012 1170 272
Nelson Farms Section 2, Phase B 10/29/2015 1385 265
Nelson Farms South 10/28/2016 1462 2845
Northstar Section 3-A&B 9/2/2016 1448 2104
Olentangy Crossings Sections 1,4,5,7 & South 1 1/7/2008 825 778
Olentangy Crossings Section 2 Lot 7354 6/11/2014 1290 1145
Olentangy Crossings Section 2 Lot 7354 Re-file 3/29/2017 1493 2214
Olentangy Crossings Section 6 2/22/2013 1195 2848
Olentangy Falls East Section 1 11/23/2015 1389 1294
Olentangy Falls East Section 1 Re-file 3/29/2017 1493 2173
Olentangy Falls Section 1 1/7/2008 825 809
Olentangy Falls Section 2 11/22/2011 1082 646
Olentangy Falls Section 3 3/21/2013 1203 1101
Olentangy Falls Section 4 Phase A 10/29/2015 1385 225
Olentangy Falls Section 5 10/29/2015 1385 245
Sanctuary at the Lakes 7/31/2015 1367 1562
The Estates at River Run 11/7/2011 1079 386
The Glades at Highland Lakes 11/4/2016 1464 2745
The Heathers at Golf Village-Golf Village North LLC 7/7/2016 1433 2637
The Heathers at Golf Village-OLSD 7/7/2016 1433 2668
The Heathers at Golf Village-OLSD Re-file 11/4/2016 1464 2728
The Heathers at Golf Village-Pulte 7/7/2016 1433 2695
The Ravines at McCammon Chase 1/7/2016 1397 391
The Ravines of Alum Creek 1/31/2014 1270 919
The Woods of Dornoch Section 5 11/4/2016 1464 2707
Villas at Loch Lomond 1/7/2016 1397 431
Woods at Weeping Rock 12/19/2014 1324 1436