Commissioners recommend adding 3 farms to Md. preservation program

March 21, 2002|By Jennifer Schildroth | Jennifer Schildroth,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Carroll commissioners voted yesterday to add three farms - more than 225 acres - to the state's farmland preservation program.

The farms, in north-central Carroll County, will be designated preservation districts pending state approval. The Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation is scheduled to vote on the county's recommendations at its meeting April 23.

Under Maryland's program, the farms become temporary preservation districts and candidates for permanent preservation. The owners must agree not to allow development for five years. The owner can remove the farm from the program if the state fails to buy a permanent easement within five years.

Commissioners Donald I. Dell and Robin Bartlett Frazier voted to recommend the farms for the state program at a public hearing yesterday. Commissioner Julia Walsh Gouge was not present.

The commissioners will attend at least one more public hearing before mid-June to consider other applications.

The farms approved are:

2906 Murkle Road, near Union Mills, 97.97 acres owned by Shirley Jean Lewis.

546 and 618 Humbert Schoolhouse Road, near the Pennsylvania border, 67.24 acres owned by David I. and Beatrice S. Miller.

1910 N. Old Bachmans Valley Road, north of Westminster, 60 acres owned by Sue N. Pascal.

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