The District has parcels for sale as part of its surplus lands program. Many of these parcels will be sold “as-is,” and others will be sold with the District retaining a conservation easement with certain restrictions. If you are interested in purchasing one or more of these parcels, contact the District’s Real Estate Section at (352) 796‑7211, ext. 4222.
2021 Surplus Assessment
District policy requires an assessment of District lands every two years for potential surplus opportunities. The objective of the assessment is to identify and sell lands that no longer meet the original acquisition purposes of providing substantive water resource benefits. Proceeds from the sale of land may only be used to purchase lands meeting the District’s land acquisition goals or debt service associated with those purchases.
To date, two potential parcels have been identified for further review and consideration as additions to the District's list of parcels previously declared surplus. Visit the FAQs for more information on the assessment process.
View maps of the identified parcels:
Staff will present the parcels recommended for surplus and public comments to the Governing Board at its May 25, 2021 meeting.
Why Does the District Surplus Land?
- Land may have been acquired for a specific project that is no longer being pursued, or the project is completed and the land is no longer needed.
- Land may have been acquired as part of a much larger acquisition project and the identified parcel does not contribute substantially to the conservation objectives of the District.
- Land may provide environmental benefit but would be better suited for maintenance by others due to size or location. The conservation objectives of the acquisition will be protected by the District retaining a conservation easement (or similar instrument) over the land. A conservation easement is a legal document used to restrict the types of activities that can occur on a property. This option retains environmental protection but returns land to private ownership.
Benefits of Surplus Lands Process
- Protects lands with water resource benefits
- Generates revenue to buy lands with higher water resource value
- Reduces land management costs
- Puts surplus lands back on the tax roll