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
The next meeting will be held on:

Monday, February 27, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Solar (Council Bill 59-2016) supporting documents:


New! GIS Soils Shapefile
A downloadable dataset (shapefile and table) detailing soil types and their capability classifications can be obtained through Howard County's Data Download and Viewer website, under the name "Soils". Capability Classes I-IV can be viewed on this document.
Policy Approval

CB-59-2016 Commercial Solar Facilities Policy

Board Members

Lynn Moore, Chair

Ricky Bauer, Vice Chair

Jamie Brown

Mickey Day

Howie Feaga

Ann Jones

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.

2017 Meeting Dates

Meeting dates and submission deadlines for 2017 are noted in the printable calendar below:

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.

January 23, 2017 - to be approved at the February meeting

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.

Staff Contacts

Joy Levy, Executive Secretary | 410-313-5407

Mitch Ford, Planning Technician | 410-313-5407