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Agricultural Subdivision Rights Transfer Amendment
On August 8, 2013 the Frederick Board of County Commissioners established a workgroup to evaluate rural-to-rural agricultural subdivision rights transfer options in the County.

In a letter to the Board on March 29, 2013, the Farm Bureau submitted a request for the consideration of a proposed text amendment to the Zoning Ordinance to create an "Agricultural Rights Transfer Option", also known as a rural-to-rural density transfer program.  The proposed amendment would allow a landowner to transfer development potential in the Agricultural Zoning District to another parcel within the Agricultural Zoning District.  Rural-to-rural density transfer programs typically allow rights to be transferred between farms in the agricultural areas of a county.  This type of TDR does not designate specific sending and receiving areas.  Rather, certain criteria is assigned to determine which agricultural properties are best suited to be a sending or receiving site on a case-by-case basis.

The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) gave direction on August 21, 2014, to take an Agricultural Subdivision Rights Transfer Option to public hearing.  This option will be considered as a text amendment to the Frederick County Zoning Ordinance.  Following the review of this concept by a work group there were still a number of issues that did not achieve consensus so there will be two separate alternative amendments that will be presented at the public hearings.

Option #1
Option #2 (Staff Draft)

Meeting and Public Hearing Schedule
All meetings will be held in the 1st Floor Hearing Room, Winchester Hall, 12 E. Church Street

Public Information Meeting - Wednesday, October 1st at 7:00 pm
Planning Commission Public Hearing - Wednesday, October 8th at 9:30 am
Board of County Commissioners Public Hearing - Tuesday, November 18th at 7:00 pm

For more information contact:
Anne Bradley
Agricultural Preservation Administrator
(301) 600-1474