Category: Rural Planning and Zoning

Nanjemoy-Mattawoman Rural Legacy Area plans unveiled to county commissioners

The Board of Charles County Commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve a proposal to establish a land conservation region in western Charles County that would allow the county government to leverage state grants for preserving privately owned properties. The establishment of a Nanjemoy-Mattawoman Rural Legacy Area, which would encompass

Sen. Arthur Ellis (D-Charles) (Maryland General Assembly)

Agritourism bill clears Senate, but clock is running down

UPDATE #2: It sounds like the agritourism bill may be dead this year after all due to the early adjournment. Sen. Arthur Ellis (D-Charles), the bill’s lead sponsor in the Senate, provided a statement to TLR on the bill’s status. “Unfortunately, because [the General Assembly will] shut down this Wednesday,

Del. Edith Patterson (D-Charles), left, and Del. Debra Davis (D-Charles) (Maryland General Assembly photos)

What happened to the agritourism bills? Two weeks later, we still don’t know for sure

Two weeks after a seemingly noncontroversial bill was suddenly withdrawn from the Maryland House of Delegates by its own sponsors, no clear explanation is available for why the decision, which could jeopardize a companion bill in the Senate, was made.

Proposed change to benefit assessments could help break rural infrastructure logjam, PGM believes

With the attention of the Board of Charles County Commissioners on Tuesday focused primarily on the surprise last-minute withdrawal of the House agritourism bill the day before its first hearing, a proposed code change went by relatively unnoticed that, if approved, could potentially have a comparable impact on rural development.

Hay bales

First Round of Rural Recommendations Move to Planning Commission

Recommendations for changes to Charles County’s zoning regulations that affect agricultural businesses will be brought before the county’s planning commission following a presentation before the Board of Charles County Commissioners last week. The seven recommendations were proposed by the county’s ad hoc Rural Planning and Zoning Task Force, which met