Frederick County group eyes farm growth rights

Source: Frederick News Post
Author: Bethany Rodgers
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Date Published: 09/242013

The nine people charged with designing a market for selling farm growth rights agree that the new program should be straightforward and promote agricultural preservation. Reaching consensus on the details could be another matter, and time is in short supply. County commissioners gave the work group a November deadline for hammering out a proposed transfer of development rights program. While the group spent its first three meetings discussing options for the program, they still have some knotty issues to untangle, such as whether shifting growth rights would actually increase development rather than preserve farmland.
A TDR program allows farmers to sell their subdivision rights to other property owners.