PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Oct. 30, 2019 – The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and the Agricultural Preservation Advisory Board announce the opening of the application period for the county’s Purchase and Retirement (PAR) Fund program. Through the program, Transferable Development Rights (TDRs) are purchased, retired and permanently removed from the market to protect farmland from development.
Current owners of Agricultural Preservation Districts may apply. Applications are ranked by a formula established in the Agricultural Preservation Program rules and regulations.
The purchase price approved by the BOCC is $3,037 per TDR. The county will offer to buy development rights from willing sellers until funding is exhausted.
The application deadline is Nov. 28, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. Applications are available on the county website at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/2565/Purchase-and-Retirement-Option-PAR.
Completed applications may be submitted by U.S. Mail to the Department of Planning & Zoning, Attention: Rural Planner Ronald Marney at 150 Main St., Prince Frederick, MD 20678, or by email to [email protected].
For more information, email or call Marney at 410-535-1600, ext. 2336.
Established in 1992, the PAR Fund program is part of Calvert County’s longstanding effort to preserve agricultural land.
Find information on Calvert County Government services online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov.
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