The County Commissioners considered 23 petitions for inclusion in the state's agricultural land preservation program Tuesday.
The 23 farms total 2,451 acres and would increase to 40,512 the number of acres in preservation districts in Carroll.
The commissioners did not take action on the petitions introduced by William Powel, county agricultural land preservation program administrator. Commissioner Julia W. Gouge said she wanted to discuss several of the petitions with county staff before granting approval.
Land entered in preservation districts is precluded from development for a minimum of five years. During that time, the property owner can sell development rights in perpetuity to the state.