The Board of County Commissioners delayed voting Thursday on whetherto accept three Hampstead farms into the county's Agricultural Land Preservation Program after receiving a negative recommendation from the program's advisory board.
Commissioner President Donald I. Dellsaid he wanted to discuss the issue with the full board. Commissioner Julia W. Gouge did not attend the public hearing.
William Powel, program administrator, said the Carroll Agricultural Preservation Advisory Board decided the farms should not be accepted as a preservation district because there is no room to expand.
The county's Planning and Zoning Commission recommended the farms be accepted.
The three farms total 91 acres; districts of 100 or moreacres automatically are accepted by the state program, Powel said.
But farms with "intensive" uses also usually are accepted, he said.The James C. Unger farm in the 2000 block of Albert Rill Road has anorchard and strawberry-picking farm, which are considered intensive uses, he said.
The other farms in the proposed district are owned by Clyde L. Beagle of the 2200 block of Harvey Gummel Road and John M. Sterner of the 2000 block of Albert Rill Road.