New Maryland Legislation Will Restore Open Space Funds
On April 5th, Governor Hogan signed into law HB 462 Program Open Space – Transfer Tax Repayment – Use of
Funds. The bill restores and protects state funding to transfer tax-funded land conservation, preservation and recreation programs. The bill had broad support in the House and Senate. Maryland’s land preservation stakeholder groups played a major role in restoring and protecting the programs.
With the passing of this legislation, there will be more money available for land preservation programs such as the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Program and the Rural Legacy Program. Calvert County land owners have preserved 6,500 acres in the past using these programs. In recent years, land owners in neighboring counties have found that these programs suited their needs very well and that easement values met or exceeded Calvert’s Transferable Developments Rights values.
If you are interested in learning more about the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Program, click on Fact Sheets.
If you are interested in learning more about the Maryland Rural Legacy Program, click here.
Be sure to check the Rural Legacy Area Maps on the left of the screen (Map #7 and Map #26) to see if your property is in a Rural Legacy area.
After researching the options and determining that you can meet the criteria, contact Rachel O’Shea, Rural Planner, at 410-535-1600 ext. 2489.
The Sustainable Calvert Network is working to achieve a future for Calvert County that fully integrates farming, fishing, natural and cultural resources, along with economic and societal needs.