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Caroline County Transferable Development Rights Program
Caroline County's Transferable Development Rights Program was
amended, adopted and made effective on April 1, 2006 allowing
for the identification, sale, purchase and utilization of
development rights as necessary and desirable to promote
essential county-wide growth planning and to preserve Caroline
County's farmland, woodland, rural landscape and rural way of
The program provides for the assignment of Receiving Areas for
rural-residential development in the R-Rural zoning district
(maximum 50 lots) in areas of the County that are most suited
for residential growth. All other areas of the County in the
R-Rural zoning district are in nature rural/farming areas of
the County and are considered Sending Areas whereby development
rights may be transferred off the property.
Since the adoption of the new regulations in April 2006, 81
development rights have been transferred at an average price
of $15,000 per development right.
For more detailed information, contact Debbie Herr Cornwell, Caroline
County Program Administrator at 410-479-8104, or email us via
our contact page.
What is the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation
The Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF)
was established by the Maryland General Assembly in 1977 and is
part of the Maryland Department of Agriculture. The Foundation
purchases permanent easements that forever restrict development
on prime farmland and woodland. The Maryland Agricultural Land
Preservation Program is one of the most successful programs of
its kind in the Nation. Maryland has preserved in perpetuity
more agricultural land than any other state in the nation.
Caroline County ranks 2nd in the State of Maryland for
preserving approximately 28,000 acres through the MALPF
What is MALPF's Mission?
The mission of the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation
How Can MALPF Help You?
- To preserve productive farmland and woodland for the
continued production of food and fiber to all Maryland
- To curb the expansion of random urban development
- To protect wildlife habitat
- To enhance the environmental quality of the Chesapeake
Bay and its tributaries.
If you are the owner of eligible farmland and/or woodland, the
Foundation can help you by purchasing an agricultural
preservation easement on your property. This will ensure that
your property remains agricultural in perpetuity. In Caroline
County the State has paid in recent years between $2,400 and
$3,500 per acre for ag. preservation easements.
For more detailed information visit the
MALPF home page at the
Maryland Department of
Agriculture web site, and the separate
www.www.malpf.info web site. You may also call Debbie Herr Cornwell,
Caroline County's Program Administrator, at 410-479-8104.
Health & Public Services Building, 403 South 7th Street, Suite 210,
Denton, Maryland 21629-1335