The Frederick County Council is considering whether to repeal a program, enacted the previous Board of County Commissioners, that lets farmers sell the development rights of their agricultural land.

Officials in the county’s planning and permitting division say the Transfer of Development Rights Program has kept farmers and property owners from pursuing major subdivisions on their lots.

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Lets build subdivisions and widen 270 - some may just call this progress. Frederick needs to be brought out of the dark ages. All for repurposing farmland and improving our infrastructure.


We are already losing too much good farm land to development. Put a moratorium on all building and be done with the issue.


Yes, lets live in the past. Frederick county has plenty of farmland. Let's give others a chance to live in our community and contribute to its infrastructure, as well as the county's economy. We have draconian regulations and Sunday law thinking in conservative Frederick. Ready for a change!

Jim looks like he's thinking to himself "Billie you are such an imbecile" as he explains how the process was a disaster under the commissioners.


This was an interesting meeting. There's great video of Jim Gugel, Director, Department of Planning commenting on the number of APFO and DRRA approvals rammed through by the prior BOCC. Billy turns all red and smirky.

Video here:

The best part starts at 1:34:00.

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