Coastal Land Giving for Public Access

Only one percent of Virginia’s coastal land is publicly owned. For those who don’t live on the water, getting access could be impossible.

Through the generosity of landowners, the Middle Peninsula Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority has begun accepting land donations in 2006. Since then we’ve added dozens of new parcels of waterfront land. Today, the Public Access Authority gratefully accepts land donations to support its mission in providing Virginians with water access.

Benefits of Land Donation

Not everyone has coastal land they can part with—and that’s why donors are so important! By donating unwanted parcels, landowners
  • Leave a coastal legacy for the benefit of their community
  • Inspire the next generation by providing adults and children with water access
  • Support the economy of the Middle Peninsula by creating a new recreational site
  • Receive significant income tax benefits

For more information, consult the Virginia Department of Taxation and your attorney or accountant.

Criteria for Land Donation

To be eligible to donate land to the Public Access Authority, your land must meet three criteria:
  • Have a clear property title
  • Be adjacent to the water
  • Be in Virginia’s Middle Peninsula

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For those interested in land donation as part of your estate planning or as an immediate gift, the Public Access Authority is ready to help answer your questions.

Lewie Lawrence