Joy Levy, Executive Secretary | 410-313-5407

The Howard County Agricultural Land Preservation Board (ALPB) 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

Next meeting is Monday, December 17, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Howard County Fairgrounds. 

December Agenda

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 October, 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 2018 are noted in the printable calendars below:

2018 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

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

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

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 Land Preservation Board (ALPB), 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 Land Preservation Board (ALPB), 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 ALPB.

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 ALPB meeting. If you have any questions about submitting a CSF request before the ALPB, please call 410-313-5407 for assistance.

Soil Classification Analysis Mapping Resources:
Soil Classification Analysis Map ExampleSoils Classification Shapefile Download | Soils Interactive Map | Green Infrastructure Interactive Map | Howard County Data Download and Viewer | Maryland iMAP GIS Data Catalog

Useful Links:
Howard Soil Conservation District | Land Development | Zoning Administration

Staff Contacts

Joy Levy, Executive Secretary | 410-313-5407