Skip to content

Washington County Preserves 233-Acre Farm

Washington County Preserves 233-Acre Farm

Hagerstown, MD (October 30, 2023) – The Washington County Department of Planning & Zoning is thrilled to announce the successful preservation of a 233-acre farm near Smithsburg in Washington County, Maryland.

Through the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Program (MALPP), a local farmer recently sold a conservation easement to safeguard the agricultural integrity of the land. Administered by the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF) at the state level and locally by the Washington County Department of Planning & Zoning, the program aims to preserve highly productive agricultural land and protect it from future development.

The preservation process involves a Purchase of Development Rights (PDR), wherein the landowner voluntarily sells their rights to pursue residential, commercial, and industrial development on the property to the easement holder. The landowner maintains full ownership of the property while ensuring its perpetual agricultural use.

Funding for MALPP comes from the Maryland Department of Agriculture as well as Washington County’s Agricultural Transfer Tax and Real Estate Transfer Tax. On average, the program compensates landowners approximately $4,800 per acre. With the addition of this easement, Washington County now boasts a total of over 15,600 preserved acres through the MALPP program and more than 39,700 acres over all land preservation programs.

For further information about the MALPP program and other land preservation initiatives offered by the County, please reach out to Chris Boggs, Rural Preservation Administrator, at 240-313-2447 or via email at [email protected].

Other news:

TRAFFIC ALERT: Road Closure on Snyders Landing Road

TRAFFIC ALERT: Road Closure on Snyders Landing Road

HAGERSTOWN, MD (April 22, 2024) – The Washington County Highway Department announces an upcoming road closure on Snyders Landing Road at…
Washington County Preserves 111-Acre Farm in Clear Spring

Washington County Preserves 111-Acre Farm in Clear Spring

HAGERSTOWN, MD (April 22, 2024) – The Washington County Division of Planning & Zoning announces, on April 5, 2024, with…
Washington County is Accepting Applications for Civilian Appointment to the Trial Board

Washington County is Accepting Applications for Civilian Appointment to the Trial Board

HAGERSTOWN, MD (April 18, 2024) The Washington County Police Accountability Board is seeking civilians to serve on Washington County’s Trial Board.…
Liberal Leave is in effective for Washington County Government

LIBERAL LEAVE IS IN EFFECT FOR WASHINGTON COUNTY GOVERNMENT

Liberal leave is in effect for all non-essential personal on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, until noon. Essential personnel are expected to fulfill their duties as usual.

The starting time for today’s Board of County Commissioners meeting will be reevaluated at 9:00 am.

For those required to travel, exercise caution on the roadways. If driving is necessary, ensure your vehicle is completely cleared, drive at a reduced speed, practice caution, and avoid crowding or passing plows.
 
We’ll keep the public informed of any changes. Stay updated by monitoring Washington County Government’s website and social media channels for the latest information. Your safety is our priority!