The Division of Planning and Permitting

The Agricultural Reconciliation Committee

The Agricultural Reconciliation Committee hears complaints arising from the Right to Farm Ordinance.   It is composed of seven members, with representation from the agricultural community, civic associations, municipal offices, and realty groups. Members are appointed by the Frederick County Council. The Committee meets as needed.

The Right to Farm Ordinance

On November 12, 1997, the Board of County Commissioners approved a Right to Farm Ordinance for Frederick County that would apply to the county and the municipalities. The Ordinance became effective January 1, 1997 and seeks to preserve, protect and encourage continued agricultural activities to exist. The Ordinance also serves to notify residents of farmers rights, clarify agricultural activities and set up a reconciliation board to hear complaints where conflicts arise. If you have a complaint concerning a farming operation or you are a farmer who needs information concerning their rights please contact Anne Bradley.

Contact Us

  1. Land Preservation Program
    30 N. Market St.
    Frederick, MD 21701 

    Anne Bradley
    Land Preservation Program Administrator
    Ph: 301-600-1474

    Shannon O'Neil
    Ph: 301-600-1411

    Beth Ahalt
    Ph: 301-600-1134

    Monday - Friday
    8 a.m. - 4 p.m.