Applications Being Accepted for the Purchase of Development Rights Program

News Release, Charles County Public Information Office

The Charles County Commissioners wish to notify residents that applications are being accepted to participate in the fiscal 2020 Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) Program.  Complete applications must be received by the Department of Planning and Growth Management by close of business, Friday, December 13, 2019.

The PDR Program allows the county to purchase and retire transferrable development rights from willing sellers, thereby preserving productive agricultural and forest land.

The PDR Program is one of several tools the county uses to preserve rural properties, including the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation, Rural Legacy, and Transferrable Development Rights programs. These three programs have permanently preserved 20,150 acres of farm and forest land throughout the county’s rural areas.

For more information on program requirements and to obtain an application, visit  or contact:

·         Charles Rice at 301-645-0651 or

·         Beth Groth at 301 645-0684 or

Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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