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 | 410-313-2056

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

Board Information
Upcoming Meeting

The next meeting for the Agricultural Preservation Board will be held on Monday, October 25 at 7:00pm.  You can meet in person, join online or join by phone.  


Location: Howard County Fairgrounds, online and by phone.

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

Meeting Link

Meeting Number: 2302 764 4864

Join by video system

Dial [email protected]

You can also dial and enter your meeting number.

Join by phone

1-650-479-3207 Call-in number (US/Canada)

Access code: 2302 764 4864

If you need assistance please email [email protected]

Upcoming Meeting Materials
2021 Meeting Schedule

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 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 Submission Dates
January 25th January 4th
February 22nd February 1st
March 22nd March 1st
April 26th April 5th
May - No Meeting May - No Meeting
June 28th June 7th
July 26th July 5th
August 23rd August 2nd
September 27th September 7th
October 25th October 4th
November 22nd November 1st
December - No Meeting December - No Meeting


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Board Members
  • Mickey Day, Chair
  • Ann Jones, Vice Chair
  • Jamie Brown
  • Abby Gibbon
  • Cathy Hudson
  • Savannah Kaiss
  • Denny Patrick
Meeting Agendas & Minutes

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.

October 25, 2021

August 23, 2021

July 26, 2021

June 28, 2021

March 22, 2021

February 22, 2021

January 25, 2021


November 23, 2020

September 21, 2020

August 24, 2020

July 27, 2020

April 27, 2020

February 24, 2020

January 27, 2020


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


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

Past Years
Additional Information
Location & 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.
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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 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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