The City of Sammamish's Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program allows landowners to sell development rights from their land (a "sending site") to a developer who then can use these rights to increase density on their project property (a "receiving site"). In exchange for selling its development rights, a "sending site" property will have a conservation easement placed on it that ensures that the land will be preserved for the public benefit. The receiving site will gain the ability to increase density on a development site beyond what is otherwise allowed by the zoning map.
Sammamish has three distinct TDR programs:
Please note that, pursuant to Section D-II of the King County Interlocal agreement (available below), the first 20 development rights used for additional residential and commercial development capacity in the Town Center must be those purchased through the King County program. As of July 2017, those 20 development rights have been purchased but have not yet been used. Until these 20 development rights are used, development rights from other programs may be purchased but may not be used as part of any development project in Town Center.