James Zoller, Executive Secretary (APB)/Agricultural Coordinator | 410-313-2056

Joy Levy, Administrator (ALPP) 410-313-4382

The Howard County Agricultural Preservation Board (APB) consists of seven board members from the local farming community. Board meetings take place throughout the year on matters related to the Agricultural Land Preservation Program (ALPP) and the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF). Please see below for more information on the current Board Members, the current meeting agenda, department contacts for the program, and other related resources.

Current Agenda

The next meeting will be October 26, 2020 at 7:00 PM. It will be held online and by phone.  Below is the meeting link and the dial in number.  

Meeting URL:

Optional Dial-In Number: 716-273-1030

PIN: 127-5979#


If you have issues with logging in or calling into the meeting please email:


Board Members

Mickey Day, Chair

Ann Jones, Vice Chair

Jamie Brown

Abby Gibbon

Cathy Hudson

Savannah Kaiss

Denny Patrick

Additional Information


Meetings are generally held on the fourth Monday of each month, with the exception of April and December, when there will be no meeting. The meetings will be held in the Fair Office Board Room on the Howard County Fairgrounds.

The meetings of the Board are open to the public. The decision of the Board is determined by a majority vote (four votes) except a recommendation to acquire an easement requires five affirmative votes.

Meeting dates and submission deadlines for 2020 are noted in the printable calendars below:

2020 Meeting Schedule

Location and Directions

Fair Office Board Room, Howard County Fairgrounds
2210 Fairgrounds Road
West Friendship, MD 21794


  1. From Interstate 70, take Exit 80 for MD Route 32 towards Clarksville/Sykesville
  2. Take MD Route 32 South towards Clarksville/Howard County Fairgrounds
  3. Turn right on MD Route 144 West (Frederick Road) towards West Friendship
  4. Turn right on Fairgrounds Road 
  5. Turn left on Livestock Lane (3rd left from Fairgrounds Road)
  6. The Fair Office Building will be on the left 
  7. After entering the building, the Board Room will be to the left.

Past Meetings & Agendas

Meeting minutes are available online after approval by the APB. Please see below for past meeting minutes and staff reports.

Requesting properties in the County Program only adhere to the Howard County APB. Requesting properties in State Program(s) must be reviewed by both the County APB and the MALPF Board of Trustees in Annapolis. For more information on state proceedings, please visit the MALPF Board website


August 24, 2020 Agenda

August 24, 2020 Minutes

July 27, 2020 Agenda

July 27, 2020 Minutes

April 27, 2020 Agenda

April 27, 2020 Minutes

February 24, 2020 Agenda

February 24, 2020 Minutes

January 27, 2020 Agenda

January 27, 2020 Minutes


November 25, 2019 Agenda

November 25, 2019 Minutes

October 28, 2019 Agenda

October 28, 2019 Minutes

September 23, 2019 Agenda

September 23, 2019 Minutes

September 12, 2019 Agenda

September 12, 2019 Minutes

August 26, 2019 Agenda

August 26, 2019 Minutes

July 22, 2019 Agenda

July 22, 2019 Minutes

June 24, 2019 Agenda

June 24, 2019 Minutes

May 21, 2019 Agenda

May 21, 2019 Minutes

March 25, 2019 Agenda

March 25, 2019 Minutes

February 25, 2019 Agenda

February 25, 2019 Minutes

January 28, 2019 Agenda 

January 28, 2019 Minutes


December 17, 2018 Agenda

December 17, 2018 Minutes

October 1, 2018

August 27, 2018

July 23, 2018

June 18, 2018

May 21, 2018


March 26, 2018

February 26, 2018

January 22, 2018

Past Years

Rules of Procedure

Rules of Procedure 

Submission Procedure

To submit a property request before the Agricultural Preservation Board (APB), please contact Joy Levy at (410) 313-5407. Please refer to the Schedule tab above for meeting dates and submission deadlines. 

For program application information, regulations, and policies, please visit the Agricultural Preservation homepage. Please refer to the Solar Submission Procedure tab below for information related to commercial solar facilities (CSF) requests.

Solar Submission Procedure

To submit a Commercial Solar Facilities (CSF) Conditional Use (CU) Petition to the Agricultural Preservation Board (APB), please carefully review the Department of Planning and Zoning Policy below before submitting a CSF request.

Please contact the Division of Public Service and Zoning at 410-313-2350 for questions and instructions on how to submit a Conditional Use Petition for Commercial Solar Facilities. Please review the documents below for additional information on how to submit a CSF request to Zoning and the APB.


After consultation with the Division of Public Service and Zoning, application materials should be emailed to the Program Administrator, Joy Levy, at before the deadline of submission for the APB meeting. If you have any questions about submitting a CSF request before the APB, please call 410-313-5407 for assistance.

Soil Classification Analysis Mapping Resources:
Soil Classification Analysis Map Example