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Agricultural Preservation



Calvert County created the first land preservation program in Maryland and currently has the most active transferable development rights (TDRs) program in the state. The county programs complement the state’s land preservation tools including the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Program, the Rural Legacy and the Greenprint programs.  

    Program Rules and Regulations

Agricultural Preservation Advisory Board Meetings

    APAB Members

    APAB 2016 Meeting Schedule

Request Submittal Checklist
  • First Monday monthly at 7:30 p.m. during Daylight Savings Time and at 7:00 p.m. before and after Daylight Savings Time.            
  • Send Request Submittals to:
    • County Services Plaza, Suite 300
      150 Main Street
      Prince Frederick, MD 20678        
  • Contact: Rachel O'Shea, 410-535-1600 ext. 2489

APAB Meeting Agendas

    Agendas are available prior to the meetings.

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Recent APAB Work Products

    Policy adopted by the APAB - July 25, 2016

Agricultural Preservation Advisory Board Draft Comprehensive Review

    Agricultural Preservation Advisory Board Proposal to Improve Land Preservation Program

Additional Documents

TDR Sales List Application      
Forest Conservation Transferable Development Rights Brochure 

Fiscal Year 2017 Purchase and Retirement (PAR) cycle Now Accepting Applications!

On August 23, 2016 the BOCC approved the PAR purchase price of $3,750 per TDR and to purchase up to 10 TDRs per applicant and an additional 5 TDRs for first time sales until funding is exhausted.  Applications will be accepted until December 2, 2016.  The application can be downloaded from the link below.

        FY17 PAR Application          

Send applications to:

Attn: Rachel O'Shea
County Services Plaza, Suite 300
150 Main Street
Prince Frederick, MD 20678


Come discuss how SMADC can assist our farming community:

September 7, 2016 from 6:30pm to 9pm
College of Southern Maryland - Prince Frederick Campus
Please click on the link below to view the SMADC press release.

Southern Maryland Farming Community Public Forum



The Land Preservation Committee, Calvert County Community Planning and Building and the Calvert County Division of Natural Resources are organizing a workshop to benefit Land Owners in Calvert County.  The workshop is being hosted by the Calvert Nature Society.  For more details and registration please visit their webpage at:

The workshop will be a casual, informative evening with local and regional agencies, nonprofits, and other landowners in the County.  Presentations will cover topics including estate planning, conservation easements and cost share programs.

Hope to see you there on November 17th at Kings Landing Park from 5pm to 8pm.



Contact Us
Rachel O'Shea
Rural Planner
Ph: 410-535-1600, ext. 2489

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