Three farms move toward preservation

June 17, 1999|By John Murphy | John Murphy,SUN STAFF

Owners of three North Carroll farms took the first step yesterday toward permanent protection of their land from development, winning acceptance into the county's agricultural land preservation program.

The county commissioners voted unanimously to designate the farms, totaling 376 acres, as agricultural preservation districts.

If the districts are approved by the state Agricultural Preservation Foundation this month, the farms will be eligible for permanent protection and owners will be eligible to sell the development rights to the state.

The largest parcel designated yesterday is a 209-acre grain and hay farm at 1507 John Shirk Road, owned by Raymond and Cyndy L. Howes. Also designated were a 106.5-acre grain, hay and steer farm at 3005 Homestead Drive, owned by David E. Byers III; and Jean F. Yeakel's 60.7-acre farm at 624 Leisters Church Road.

The three farms are among 18 Carroll properties, totaling 2,286 acres, that the county will forward to the state this month for approval as preservation districts.

Preservation district designation has gone to 47,000 acres of county farmland.

Pub Date: 6/17/99

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