How much of Harford's rural agricultural land should be preserved? How much should be developed? What restrictions should be placed on development in agricultural areas?
Those are some of the questions county planners will be asking the public in the next few weeks as they try to develop a miniature master plan this year to guide growth inHarford's rural areas.
The county Department of Planning and Zoning has scheduled two public meetings to discuss issues affecting the county's rural areas, including plans to create a transfer of development rights program.
Meetings have been scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 31. at Dublin Elementary School and 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at Southampton Middle School.
Michael Paone, a county agricultural planner with the Department of Planning and Zoning, said about 100,000 acres of land in the northern and western sections of the county could be affected by the agricultural land use plan.