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December 24, 2012
As President of the Howard County Chapter of the Homebuilders Association of Maryland (HBAM), I would like to respond to Howard County Executive Ken Ulman's recent veto of County Council Bill 37, the growth tier map ("Ulman vetoes land preservation bill," Dec. 16). Members of HBAM, the farming community and a broad coalition of citizens worked closely with the County Council to craft a tier map that would continue to support the successful Density Exchange Option (DEO) program, which has led in part to the preservation of more than 21,600 acres of land in agricultural easements and thousands of additional acres preserved under environmental and other easements.
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Dan Rodricks | April 1, 2014
When I have a hard time understanding government spending - the construction and tinkering that goes into, say, Maryland's multibillion-dollar annual budget - I just imagine the whole thing as a kitchen-table conversation with members of a household declaring and negotiating priorities. (Pardon the time-worn metaphor, but it works for me.) After we cover the big-ticket items (health, education, roads, public safety, the mandatory areas of spending), we get around to the other pieces of the budget that need to be maintained - public employee pensions, for instance - and arguments break out about obligations, fiscal discipline and not "kicking the can down the road.
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October 13, 2012
    Carroll County's Agricultural Lands Preservation Program has been awarded $618,000 through the Maryland Rural Legacy Program for preserving farmland or natural lands. The county will use the funds to buy conservation easements from willing sellers within designated areas. The easements reserve property from future development, but the land remains in private ownership. The owner is compensated for essentially "retiring" the development potential on the land. The Maryland Rural Legacy Program was created in 1998 to preserve large contiguous areas of rural land.
NEWS
March 9, 2014
When it comes to preserving land and creating public parks, few government programs have succeeded like Maryland's Program Open Space. It has been one of the state's most effective weapons in the cause of protecting the environment and off-setting the worst effects of poorly-managed sprawl development in the cities, suburbs and rural areas. The elegance of the program is in the simplicity of its design. By law, a .5 percent share of the transfer tax paid at real estate closings is set aside for protection of land against future development.
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Tim Wheeler | January 16, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed state budget is balanced in part with funds shifted from programs meant to buy parkland and protect farmland from development, according to highlights of the plan released by the governor's office. Conservationists say the move short-changes land preservation, which they note has been a priority of the O'Malley administration. While O'Malley's fiscal 2015 spending plan would increase funding for natural resources and the environment by 1 percent overall, land preservation programs face cuts as tax revenues designated for that purpose are taken to help balance the state's budget.
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FROM THE AEGIS | February 13, 2013
A draft of the 2013 Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan has been released and a public information session on the plan will be held next week in Bel Air, the Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation has announced. The 2013 Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan sets forth several major goals for the department, including: • Acquiring land and developing facilities, including trails, to meet the recreation needs of current and future residents; • Ensuring the availability of program opportunities; • Addressing citizens and participants safety; • Incorporating appropriate environmental stewardship in department activities and projects; and • Marketing facilities and programs in cooperation with other public and private sector partners.
NEWS
February 23, 2003
A free Agricultural Land Preservation Seminar will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. March 7 at the Harford County Cooperative Extension Office, 2335 Rock Spring Road, Forest Hill. The scheduled speakers are Jay Young, a lawyer with Brown, Brown and Brown; Aimee O'Neill, a real-estate appraiser from O'Neill's Auction; and Bill Amoss, administrator of the Harford County agricultural land preservation program. Among the topics expected to covered are: Identifying the various agricultural preservation easement programs.
NEWS
February 8, 2004
The Maryland Cooperative Extension's Harford County office and the Harford County Planning and Zoning Department's Agricultural Land Preservation Program will conduct a free "Agricultural Land Preservation" seminar from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. March 12 at the extension's office, 2335 Rock Spring Road, Forest Hill. Scheduled speakers are lawyer Jay Young, real estate appraiser Aimee O'Neill, Harford County Agricultural Land Preservation Program administrator Bill Amoss and Harford Land Trust representative David Miller.
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By Carol L. Bowers and Carol L. Bowers,Staff writer | November 4, 1990
Calling it "political mumbo jumbo," County Executive Habern W. Freeman has vetoed an environmental land-preservation bill that the County Council passed in time for Tuesday's election.The bill, approved by the council late last month, would have created an environmental land-preservation commission that would coordinate preservation of environmentally sensitive land with the state environmental land trust program.The bill was set up to protect sensitive areas that might not be protected under other preservation programs, such as the agricultural preservation program.
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By Ellen Gamerman and Ellen Gamerman,Sun Staff Writer | December 29, 1994
Saddened by suburban sprawl? Sick of storm water runoff? Depressed about shrinking wetlands?If the answer to any of these questions is yes, there will be plenty of time to consider possible solutions next month at the Annapolis Summit. The all-day conference on county land preservation will be held at the Annapolis Marriott Waterfront Jan. 14."People feel there is too much random growth and it isn't planned to complement the community," said event organizer Anne Pearson, who runs the Annapolis Alliance for Sustainable Communities, a preservation group.
NEWS
February 6, 2014
After years of steady support for conservation, I am disheartened to hear that Gov. Martin O'Malley has decided to cut funds for land preservation programs in his proposed 2015 budget ( "O'Malley shifts funds from land preservation," Jan. 16). As a lifelong resident of the Chesapeake Watershed and past chairman of the board of the Howard County Conservancy, I have seen the value of protecting open space and connecting people to the land and our agricultural resources. There are a number of ways we have tried to do this.
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Tim Wheeler | January 16, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed state budget is balanced in part with funds shifted from programs meant to buy parkland and protect farmland from development, according to highlights of the plan released by the governor's office. Conservationists say the move short-changes land preservation, which they note has been a priority of the O'Malley administration. While O'Malley's fiscal 2015 spending plan would increase funding for natural resources and the environment by 1 percent overall, land preservation programs face cuts as tax revenues designated for that purpose are taken to help balance the state's budget.
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Editorial from The Aegis | August 29, 2013
Few government programs are as highly regarded across the political spectrum as land preservation spending, and there are good reasons why. It's something of a paradox of the American way that a lot of people want to live in the country, or at least the suburbs near the country, but we love the idea of the country being as undeveloped as possible. Go figure. Land developers are happy to accommodate by turning undeveloped land into suburban neighborhoods, but with each new neighborhood, the country gets farther away from the older suburbs.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2013
An education advocate and a longtime state lawmaker say they are eyeing Baltimore County Councilman Todd Huff's seat. Democrat Laurie Taylor-Mitchell, an art historian and local education advocate, said she has decided to run for the four-year term in 2014, and Republican Del. Wade Kach said he's "seriously considering it. " Huff, a Lutherville Republican, was elected in 2010 for the district that covers the northern part of the county....
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FROM THE AEGIS | February 13, 2013
A draft of the 2013 Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan has been released and a public information session on the plan will be held next week in Bel Air, the Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation has announced. The 2013 Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan sets forth several major goals for the department, including: • Acquiring land and developing facilities, including trails, to meet the recreation needs of current and future residents; • Ensuring the availability of program opportunities; • Addressing citizens and participants safety; • Incorporating appropriate environmental stewardship in department activities and projects; and • Marketing facilities and programs in cooperation with other public and private sector partners.
NEWS
January 2, 2013
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman probably never expected the first veto of his six years in office to involve a land use bill, particularly one that he was compelled to seek by state law. But that's what happened, and between now and Monday it's up to his administration to pick up the pieces of what should have been a no-brainer - a local ordinance to preserve farmland and open space in the western end of the county. First, a bit of history. Remember concern over septic systems and the health of the Chesapeake Bay?
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Staff Writer | December 30, 1992
Howard County's on-again, off-again farmland preservation program is about to undergo another metamorphosis.During the first incarnation -- from 1980 to 1988 -- county officials said there were too few participants. During the second incarnation -- 1989 to 1991 -- they said there were too many. In 1993, they hope the number of applicants will be just right.But no one knows for sure because the county is changing the rules for admission to the program, to be more selective when purchasing easements.
NEWS
December 24, 2012
As President of the Howard County Chapter of the Homebuilders Association of Maryland (HBAM), I would like to respond to Howard County Executive Ken Ulman's recent veto of County Council Bill 37, the growth tier map ("Ulman vetoes land preservation bill," Dec. 16). Members of HBAM, the farming community and a broad coalition of citizens worked closely with the County Council to craft a tier map that would continue to support the successful Density Exchange Option (DEO) program, which has led in part to the preservation of more than 21,600 acres of land in agricultural easements and thousands of additional acres preserved under environmental and other easements.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | December 23, 2012
A battle over the future of the closed Chestnut Ridge golf course in Lutherville is continuing, with the company that bought the property now suing the Baltimore County Council over its decision to limit the land's development potential. In a lawsuit filed last month in Baltimore County Circuit, CR Golf Club LLC, which has ties to Timonium developer Cignal Corp., claims council members made an unfair land-use decision this summer that limited the number of homes that can be built on the approximately 230-acre property off Falls Road.
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