County Sets Purchase and Retirement Fund Price

The County has accumulated over $4 million in unspent land preservation funds designated to be used for the Purchase and Retirement (PAR) Fund. The program retires (permanently removes) Transferable Development Rights (TDRs) from the market, thereby protecting farmland. On September 24th, the Board of County Commissioners approved purchasing Transferable Development Rights (TDRs)  at the rate…

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Friends of Hunting Creek Venture Up Stream

On Saturday July 27th, about twenty-five paddlers set off toward the upper reaches of the Hunting Creek. This portion of the creek is bordered by marshes with an amazing quantity of wild rice. Wild rice is a native marsh plant that is relatively rare these days. We were also greeted on our trip by the…

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Tier Maps Do Not Preserve Land

Tier maps are mandated by Maryland law to limit the impact of septic systems on the Chesapeake Bay. However, tier maps do not preserve land as was stated at the Comprehensive Plan Public Hearing and implied by Planning Director Mark Willis on July 30th at the County Commissioner’s meeting. Tier maps do not contribute to…

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It is time to start funding the land preservation program

Sustainable Calvert Network is asking the Board of County Commissioners to restore land preservation funding back to at least $2.5 million. According to a recent Preserve Maryland Survey, more than 75% of Calvert County Residents support protecting agricultural lands and waterways. So why would the funds put aside for land preservation be cut by more than 50%? These…

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