Charles County, Maryland

August 13, 2018 Minutes

Monday, August 13, 2018

6:30 PM, Charles County Government Building

Members Present:
Eddie Bowling, Chairman
Bonnie Williams
Ed May
Lisa Hoxie
Luis Dieguez, Ex. Officio
Charles Rice
Beth Groth
Jerry Spense of SCD

Members Absent:
David Hancock, Sr.

  1. Call to Order
    1. The meeting was called to order by Mr. Bowling at 6:30 PM in the County Government Building Planning Division Conference Room 2.
  2. Approval of the Previous Minutes
    1. A motion was made by Mr. May, and seconded by Mr. Hancock, to approve the minutes from June 25, 2018. All voted in favor and the motion passed.  
  3. Update on FY 2017 Settlements
    1. Mr. Rice noted that of the 12 offers that were made, six properties have already gone to closing or were pending settlement any day now. The remaining properties were waiting on survey work to be completed.
  4. Update on FY 2019 Applications
    1. Mr. Rice provided an update on the FY 2019 applications. One of the 13 applications that were forwarded to the State for consideration, Mount Victoria Limited Partnership, was rejected by the MALPF Board at their last meeting as the property is mostly encumbered with other preservation easements through the Maryland Environmental Trust. It is the State’s policy not to pay for acreage that is already encumbered.

      The State is currently considering 12 applications. They have recently been in touch with Staff to request additional information that is needed before the applications can be forwarded to the Department of General Services for processing. Since the State MALPF Board voted to change the application cycle to an annual cycle, the next round of applications will be due in June of 2019 for FY 2020.
  5. Purchase of Development Rights (PDR); Next Purchase Cycle
    1. The County is gearing up for another application cycle for the Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) program. The applications will likely come out in December of 2018 or January of 2019, depending on the Board’s preference. Applications would be accepted for approximately three weeks. Mr. Rice told the Board that they will need to vote to set a price cap per acre for the program at their next meeting in October. This cap will be based on appraisals and recent sales of Transferrable Development Rights. Mr. Bowling requested that Staff provide the Board with a package of information, including a copy of the code, to review before the October meeting. Mr. Rice noted that the budget for the PDR program is approximately $800,000 for the next application cycle.
  6. Expansion of the Rural Legacy Area
    1. Staff recently met with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to discuss the Rural Legacy Area. It was DNR’s suggestion that we connect the proposed Cobb Neck Rural Legacy area to the existing Zekiah Rural Legacy Area because this area ranks high with DNR due to the ecological value of the forestlands and wetlands. Mr. Rice showed the proposed Cobb Neck Rural Legacy Area on a map and how it could connect to the Zekiah Rural Legacy Area through land that is in Tier 4. Mr. Rice noted that if the Board approves the proposed Cobb Neck Rural Legacy Area, which is connected to the existing Zekiah Rural Legacy Area as demonstrated on the map, that there would be a public process to include a Public Hearing with the County Commissioners prior to forwarding the expansion request to DNR for final approval. Given the public process component, the Cobb Neck expansion area request would be included with the County’s Rural Legacy applications in February of 2020. Mr. Hancock made a motion to expand the Rural Legacy Area from Zekiah to Cobb Neck as shown on the map. Ms. Hoxie seconded the motion, and all voted in favor and the motion passed.  
  7. Adjournment: A motion was made by Mr. Hancock and seconded by Mr. May to adjourn the meeting at 7:15 PM. All voted in favor and the motion passed.
  8. Next Meeting: October 22nd, 2018 at 6:30 PM in the County Government Building Planning Division Conference Room 2.