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Overview

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 TDR program allows a land owner to sell the development potential to another party.  The sale requires the recording of restrictive covenants in land records permanently subjecting the property to development restrictions in perpetuity.  Subject to County regulations, a TDR purchaser can use TDRs to attain higher lot density on another property.  The TDR program goal is to deter development of farms and forest lands to areas targeted for residential and commercial growth.  The County's program works toward a goal of 40,000 acres preserved by partnering with other local organizations including: 

And complementing the state's land preservation tools including:
  

   

Agricultural Preservation Advisory Board Meetings
  
     Program Rules and Regulations

     Text Amendment No. 16-07, 1-20-2017

       
    APAB Members       


     
APAB 2017 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 
           

Transferable Development Right Sales

2015

Qtr.

Months

# of TDRs Sold

Avg. cost / TDR

# FC TDRs Sold

Avg. cost/ FC TDR

1

Jan. Feb. Mar.

101

$3,071.43

17

$3,666.67

2

Apr. May Jun

7

$3,000.00

0

-

3

Jul. Aug. Sept

120.5

$3,011.11

3

$4,000.00

4

Oct. Nov. Dec.

418.5

$3,103.33

0

-

TOTAL

647

$3,046.47

20

$3,833.33

 
               

2016

Qtr.

Dates

# of TDRs Sold

Avg. cost / TDR

# FC TDRs Sold

Avg. cost/ FCTDR

1

Jan. Feb. Mar.

40

$3,200.00

7

$4,750.00

2

Apr. May Jun

0

-

2

$4,500.00

3

Jul. Aug. Sept

0

-

0

-

4

Oct. Nov. Dec.

18

$3,000.00

1

$4,500.00

Total

58

$3,100.00

10

$4,583.33

                    

           
           

        
            


Contact Us
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Rural Planner
Ph: 410-535-1600, ext. 2489
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