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.
The next meeting will be held online on June 28, 2021 at 7:00pm.
June 28, 2021 Agenda TBD
Meeting URL: https://meeting.anymeeting.com/AgPresBoard
Optional Dial-In Number: 716-273-1030
If you have issues with logging in or calling into the meeting please contact Office of Community Sustainability via email
Mickey Day, Chair
Ann Jones, Vice Chair
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 and submission deadlines for 2021 are noted in the printable calendars below:
2021 Meeting Schedule
|Meeting Dates||Submission Dates|
|January 25th||January 4th|
|February 22nd||February 1st|
|March 22nd||March 1st|
|April 26th||April 5th|
|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|
Fair Office Board Room, Howard County Fairgrounds
2210 Fairgrounds Road
West Friendship, MD 21794
- From Interstate 70, take Exit 80 for MD Route 32 towards Clarksville/Sykesville
- Take MD Route 32 South towards Clarksville/Howard County Fairgrounds
- Turn right on MD Route 144 West (Frederick Road) towards West Friendship
- Turn right on Fairgrounds Road
- Turn left on Livestock Lane (3rd left from Fairgrounds Road)
- The Fair Office Building will be on the left
- After entering the building, the Board Room will be to the left.
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.
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.
- Conditional Use Petition
- Conditional Use Process
- Agricultural Land Preservation Program (APB) Commercial Solar Facilities Policy
- Agricultural Land Preservation Program (APB) Commercial Solar Facilities Application Procedure & Checklist
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.
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.