If you have property in West Hartford and are interested in helping the West Hartford Land Trust maintain and preserve
open and undeveloped property, let us know. We preserve open land through land donations, land purchases,
conservation easements, and agreements among landowners.
What are the tax advantages of donating land to the West Hartford Land Trust? There may be income, estate and
property tax benefits for donating your land, donating a conservation easement, or selling the property as a "bargain
sale" at below market value. The amount and type of tax benefits depends on a variety of factors, including the legal
tool you've used to protect you land, the value of the donation, your income level and the total amount of your estate.
You should consult with a financial advisor and/or an attorney to fully understand the tax implications.
What kind of land is the Land Trust looking for?
The West Hartford Land Trust seeks gifts and acquisition of undeveloped property in the Town of West Hartford,
regardless of zoning or wetlands designation. We prefer lots bigger than 5,000 square feet. We reserve the right to
accept or deny all land donations.
The West Hartford Land Trust can accept properties by an outright gift or a deferred gift (which can reserve a lifetime
use of the property to the owner or heirs). Both outright gifts and deferred gifts of real estate to the Land Trust can
provide tax advantages to the donor.
The West Hartford Land Trust will work with interested parties to set up such a conservation easement to restrict the
future use of their property. A conservation easement allows a landowner to remain the owner of a property while
ensuring that the property is never developed.
Agreements Among Landowners
The West Hartford Land Trust will work with neighbors to help them enter into binding agreements that restrict the
future development of their properties.
The West Hartford Land Trust can purchase desirable undeveloped land and preserve that property as open space.
Your tax-deductible cash donations to the West Hartford Land Trust, Inc. help us acquire property, insure the
properties we acquire, and make people aware of our organization through this website, brochures and other
You may donate online through PayPal, or send your check payable to "West Hartford Land Trust, Inc." to:
West Hartford Land Trust, Inc., P.O. Box 370362, West Hartford, CT 06137-0362.