[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of County Commissioners of Worcester County 5-14-1985 as Subtitle III of Title 1 of Bill No. 85-2. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby created an Agricultural Preservation Advisory Board, the members of which shall be appointed by the County Commissioners. The composition, member terms and duties of the Board shall be as prescribed by Public General Law. The County Commissioners shall designate a department as staff support for said Board.
Agricultural districts may be created in accordance with the provisions of Public General Law. Such districts shall provide for the protection of normal agricultural activities in the districts through the following provisions: (1) any farm use of land is permitted; (2) operation at any time of machinery used in farm production or the primary processing of agricultural products is permitted; (3) normal agricultural activities and operations in accordance with good husbandry practices, which do not cause bodily injury or directly endanger human health, are permitted and preferred activities, including activities which may produce normal agriculturally related noise and odors; (4) the sale of farm products produced on the farm where the sales are made is permitted.
The Department of Planning, Permits and Inspections shall be responsible for maintaining and revising the official Agricultural Land Preservation District Maps, which shall indicate the establishment, alteration and abolition of such districts and their boundaries. Maps shall be available for public inspection during usual business hours at the Department of Planning, Permits and Inspections.
Upon the recommendation of the Agricultural Land Preservation Board, the County Commissioners may adopt an Agricultural Land Preservation Program and may make appropriations for the acquisition of easements and development rights for the purpose of the preservation of agricultural land.
[Added 6-20-2006 by Bill No. 06-07]
The minimum length of time for any agreement with the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation Board as established by public general law shall be three years.