The program is a purchase of development rights program. When the State of Maryland purchases your development rights, you voluntarily sell your right in perpetuity to develop your farm for residential, commercial, or industrial use. This means that, for whatever compensation mutually agreed upon by you and the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation, you will preserve the land for agricultural use, subject to the Annotated Code and the Foundation’s Regulations. Anne Arundel County has participated in the MALPF Program since 1980. As of December 1, 2014, Anne Arundel County has a total of 5,118 acres are permanently preserved through MALPF easements. Click on the following link for additional information. www.malpf.info/
The County’s Agricultural and Woodland Preservation Program was created in 1990 to supplement the MALPF program and to offer an alternative for agricultural preservation that recognized the County’s small farms. This program is a purchase of development rights program where you voluntarily sell your right in perpetuity to develop your farm for residential, commercial, or industrial use subject to Anne Arundel County Code Article 17 Title 10. Permitted activities include any farm use of the land; operation at any time of machinery used in farm production or the primary processing of any ag products; any normal ag activities and operations, in accordance with good husbandry practices, that do not cause bodily injury or directly endanger human health, including activities that may produce normal ag related noise and odors; and the sale of farm products produced on the farm where the sales are made. As of December 1, 2014, a total of 6,118 acres have been permanently preserved through this program.
In 1999 an Installment Purchase Agreement (IPA) option was added to stimulate interest and add value to the program. An installment purchase agreement (IPA) is a contract between the County and the property owner selling his/her development rights. In the IPA, the County promises to pay the purchase price for an easement on specified dates in the future. The IPA also commits the County to pay interest on the outstanding purchase price between the time that the easement is given to the County (at closing) and the date that the purchase price is paid to the seller.www.aacounty.org/RecParks/agricultural/AgPreservation