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Public Hearing on Preservation Master Plan #princegeorges #md #pgcounty



The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) has published a preliminary Priority Preservation Area (PPA) Functional Master Plan. This preliminary plan was developed for Prince George's County in accordance with HB 2 (2006), Agricultural Stewardship Act of 2006. Landowner participation in agricultural preservation programs is voluntary.

The Priority Preservation Area Functional Master Plan lays the groundwork for protecting the PPA by continuing to use existing tools and programs and implementing new tools that serve to accomplish the preservation goal set for the PPA. The Plan provides guidance expressed through the vision, goal and objective, as well as policies and strategies to address the preservation of farm and forest land uses in areas best suited for these uses in the county.

The purpose of the Priority Preservation Area Functional Master Plan is to:
*    Meet the requirements of the Agricultural Stewardship Act of 2006 relating to the process for certifying the county’s agricultural preservation program;
*    Define the priority preservation area where farm and forest landowners who volunteer to participate in preservation programs will benefit from PPA status for funding sources;
*    Identify the local policies, tools, and programs that will stabilize the farm and forest land base;
*   Amend the 2002 Prince George’s County Approved General Plan to include farmland
preservation as a priority;
*    Affirm General Plan goals for the Rural Tier to retain sustainable agricultural land, maintain rural character, limit nonagricultural land uses, and protect landowners’ equity in their land;
*    Improve communication and coordination between jurisdictions, agencies, communities, organizations, and citizens regarding preservation of valuable and irreplaceable farm and forest land for food production, environmental stewardship, and other future needs.

The purpose of the public hearing is to give stakeholders and interested persons the opportunity to express their views concerning the preliminary Priority Preservation Area Functional Master Plan. The public hearing will be held:

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 Council Hearing Room: First Floor, County Administration Building
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772
7:00 p.m. (Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. for participants to view exhibits. Planning staff will be available to answer questions.)
Free copies of the preliminary plan are available at the following locations on Monday, December19, 2011 and on the M-NCPPC webpage at: http://www.pgplanning.org/prioritypreservation.htm.

Persons who spoke at the first joint public hearing are not required to resubmit their comments, which will be included in the public record for this plan.

Persons desiring to speak at the second joint public hearing may register in advance or fill out a registration form available that night at the hearing site. Individual speakers and representatives from a group or groups will be limited to three (3) minutes. Written testimony and/or exhibits will be accepted in lieu of, or in addition to, oral testimony. The record will be kept open for 15 days after the public hearing for written comments. To be accepted into the record, written testimony or comments must be original, signed documents. E-mails or faxes will not be considered, unless followed by an original mailed to the Clerk of the Council. Written comments may be submitted until close of business on Wednesday, February 8, 2012, to the Clerk of the County Council, County Administration Building, Room 2198, 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772.

TO REGISTER IN ADVANCE TO SPEAK, CONTACT THE PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE, M-NCPPC, AT: 301-952-4584/TTY 301-952-4366 OR REGISTER ONLINE AT www.pgplanning.org/Planning_Board/Testify_at_Hearings.html.

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO RESIDENTS, BUSINESS AND PROPERTY OWNERS: The hearing is important because the plan establishes policies that will help define the type, amount, character and location of future agricultural practices in Prince George's County.

For further information, please contact the M-NCPPC Countywide Planning Division at 301-952-3650 or e-mail the project manager, Fatimah Hasan, at preservefarms@ppd.mncppc.org or visit the project website.


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