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PUBLIC HEARING - May 10, 2016

Agricultural Land Preservation Zoning Districts

May 10, 2016


A public hearing was held today at 6:42 p.m. for the purpose of discussing the voluntary creation of Agricultural Land Preservation Districts for the following:

Casey C. and Megan B. Owings, River Road (Tax Map 30, Parcel 8), 121.12 acres

Judith Anne McBee, Handy Point Road (Tax Map 26, Parcel 96) 100.44 acres

County Commissioners, William W. Pickrum, Ronald H. Fithian, and William A. Short were in attendance as well as Shelley Herman, County Administrator, Katrina Tucker, Community Planner, Planning, Housing, and Zoning, and one applicant, Megan B. Owings.

The Notice of the Public Hearing and Rules to Testify were read into the record by Commissioner Pickrum.

Ms. Tucker reviewed the applications and the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF) guidelines. The Agricultural Preservation Advisory Board reviewed the applications at their meeting on March 23, 2016, and unanimously submitted favorable recommendations to the Planning Commission. At its meeting on April 7, 2016, the Planning Commission found that both applications are consistent with the Comprehensive Plan and meet the criteria for the creation of an agricultural land preservation district, and forwarded favorable recommendations for approval of both districts to the County Commissioners.

Commissioner Pickrum asked if anyone in the audience wished to comment on the applications. No one else from the audience wished to comment. On motion by Commissioner Short and seconded by Commissioner Fithian, the Commissioners unanimously approved the two applications. Commissioner Pickrum signed the two agreements establishing agricultural land preservation districts.

The hearing was taped for reference and on a motion by Commissioner Short and seconded by Commissioner Fithian, the Commissioners unanimously agreed to adjourn the public hearing at 6:47 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Sondra M. Blackiston, Clerk

William W. Pickrum, President
The County Commissioners
of Kent County, Maryland