Council Approves Five Conservation Trusts in Lothian, Harwood and Owensville

On Monday night, the Anne Arundel County Council passed a number of Agricultural Land Preservation applications, including five in South County. The votes were 6-1 for all, with Chair Derek Fink voting against the measures because they required an allocation of matching county dollars.

Councilman Christ Trumbauer (D-6 District) said that although the Council approved the applications, funding has not yet been allocated for all of the properties. Likely one or two will get final approval. We won’t know which ones until they go through the process.

A historic preservation easement is a type of conservation easement designed to protect a significant historic, archaeological, or cultural resource.

They easements are agreements between property owners and the State Historic Preservation Office. They allow the owners of a property to relinquish partial development rights to maintain the property and provide (limited) public access.

Basically, in this instance, they will preserve farmland and other rural features for future generations.

Once a property is named for conservation, it can not be developed. The owner gives up their right to sell to a developer in exchange for the rights.

The owners get to continue to use the land throughout their lifetime. When they pass, the land becomes the property of the trust.

The trusts are expensive, but they do help conserve the rural legacy of an area and preserve the land as it is for future generations.

If you click on “exhibit,” a PDF of the map will download. Here are the easements approved by the Council on Monday:

Resolution No. 70-12 | Exhibit

Resolution approving the application of Ross E. and Dale H. Moreland to sell an agricultural land preservation easement to the Maryland Agricultural Preservation Foundation. The property is along Owensville Road with a portion abutting Muddy Creek Road in Owensville.

Resolution No. 71-12 | Exhibit
Resolution approving the application of Robert R. and Margaret A. Mitchell to sell an agricultural land preservation easement to the Maryland Agricultural Preservation Foundation. The property is in Harwood off of Hawthorne Farms Road, abutting Lankford Road.

Resolution No. 72-12 | Exhibit
Resolution approving the application of Dee Corporation to sell an agricultural land preservation easement to the Maryland Agricultural Preservation Foundation. The property sits adjacent to the east of Chews Memorial Church along Owensville Road in Owensville.

Resolution No. 73-12 | Exhibit
Resolution approving the application of Herbert W. and Agnes H. Catterton to sell an agricultural land preservation easement to the Maryland Agricultural Preservation Foundation. The property sits back from Harwood Road along Lankford Road in Harwood.

Resolution No. 74-12 | Exhibit
Resolution approving the application of William C. Lusby to sell an agricultural land preservation easement to the Maryland Agricultural Preservation Foundation. This property sits on Wrighton Road in Lothian.

Resolution 74-12

resolution 74-12

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