About

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.

James Zoller, Executive Secretary (APB)/Agricultural Coordinator | 410-313-3861

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

Board Information

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Upcoming Meeting

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The next meeting will be held July 22, 2024 at 7:00 PM in person and online. 

Agenda

In person and online. 

Online Link

Meeting Address

3400 Court House Drive #100

Ellicott City, MD 21043

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Upcoming Meeting Materials

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2024 Meeting Schedule

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Meetings are generally held on the fourth Monday of each month, with the exception of May and December, when there will be no meeting. The meetings will be held at the George Howard Building located in Ellicott City in the Ellicott City/Columbia Room. The meetings will also be held online or by phone too. 

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.

Note: All meeting dates are subject to change, so please visit the website to verify the date and time. 

Meeting Dates Deadline for Submission
4th Monday of Each Month 3 Mondays Prior to Meeting
January 22nd January 2nd*
February 26th February 5th
March 25th March 4th
April 22nd April 1st
May 20th***  April 29th 
June 24th June 3rd
July 22nd July 1st
August 26th August 5th
September 23rd September 3rd**
October 28th October 7th 
November 25th November 4th
December - No Meeting December - No Meeting

*Submission deadline for January will be January 2nd, due to the New Year’s Day Holiday.

**Submission deadline for September will be September 3rd, due to the Labor Day Holiday.

***Was added in April meeting.

Scheduling Notes

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).

Printable Meeting List

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Board Members

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  • Leslie Bauer
  • Jamie Brown - Chair
  • Abby Gibbon
  • Cathy Hudson - Vice Chair
  • Joseph Dymek
  • Chris Rhodes
  • Derek Patrick
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Enhanced Agricultural Grant FY24

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Enhanced Agricultural Grant FY24 application

After filling in the form, please save it and email a copy to James Zoller at jzoller@howardcountymd.gov.

Meeting Agendas & Minutes

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2024

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January

February - No Meeting

March

April

  • Agenda
  • Minutes (not voted on yet.)

May

June

July

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2023

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November

October

September

August

July

June - No meeting

May 22

May 2 - Additional Meeting

April

March

February

January

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2022

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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.

November

October

September

June

April

March

February

January

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2021

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December 15, 2021

November 22, 2021

October 25, 2021

August 23, 2021

July 26, 2021

June 28, 2021

March 22, 2021

February 22, 2021

January 25, 2021

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2020

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November 23, 2020

September 21, 2020

August 24, 2020

July 27, 2020

April 27, 2020

February 24, 2020

January 27, 2020

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2019

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November 25, 2019

October 28, 2019

September 23, 2019

September 12, 2019

August 26, 2019

July 22, 2019

June 24, 2019

May 21, 2019

March 25, 2019

February 25, 2019

January 28, 2019

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2018

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December 17, 2018

October 1, 2018

August 27, 2018

July 23, 2018

June 18, 2018

May 21, 2018

March 26, 2018

February 26, 2018

January 22, 2018

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Past Years

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Additional Information

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Location & Directions

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

 

Directions

  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.
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Rules of Procedure

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Submission Procedure

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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.

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Solar Submission Procedure

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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 sent to the Program Administrator, Joy Levy, 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.

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