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December 3, 2018 Minutes

Minutes
Monday, December 3, 2018

6:30 PM, Charles County Government Building

Members Present
Eddie Bowling, Chairman (via Phone)
Lisa Hoxie
Bonnie Williams
Luis Dieguez, Ex. Officio

Members Absent
David Hancock Sr.
Ed May

Staff Present
Charles Rice
Beth Groth
Jerry Spence of SCD

  1. Call to Order
    1. The meeting was called to order by Mr. Bowling at 6:55 PM in the County Government Building Planning Division Conference Room 2.
  2. Approval of the Previous Minutes
    1. A motion was made by Ms. Hoxie, and seconded by Ms. Williams, to approve the minutes from October 22, 2018. All voted in favor and the motion passed.  
  3. Update on FY 2017 Settlements
    1. Mr. Rice noted that 6 of the 12 properties who received offers have gone to settlement. The remaining 6 properties are working through survey and title work. The Clark Bowling property is the next likely to settle. More than 1,000 acres will be protected through this cycle.
  4. Update on FY 2019 Applications
    1. Mr. Rice noted that all twelve properties will be appraised over the next few months. Charles County is one of the last counties to be authorized by General Services for the appraisal work. Offer letters are expected to go out in April of 2019.
  5. MALPF Single Year Cycles and Overlaps
    1. It is anticipated that the application cycle will continue as an annual cycle; and the next round of applications will likely be due in June of 2019 for FY 2020. The MALPF Board will make a decision on the application cycle in the spring of 2019. Mr. Rice noted that a conference call was recently held between MALPF staff and staff from a few counties to discuss the potential issue of overlap between the FY 2019 and FY 2020 cycles. The recommendation by Charles County staff is to allow counties to have the flexibility to decide whether or not FY 2019 applicants should apply for the FY 2020 cycle, rather than change state policy.
  6. Serenity Farm, Inc., Preliminary Release Extension for Child Lots for Franklin A. Robinson, Jr., and Adina T. Robinson.
    1. Franklin A. Robinson, Jr., and Adina T. Robinson wish to retain their right to develop their respective child lots. Therefore, they have requested a 3-year Preliminary Release extension for both child lots. Ms. Williams made a motion to approve the 3-year Preliminary Release Extension request. Ms. Hoxie seconded the motion. All voted in favor and the motion passed.
  7. Helwig Farm, Preliminary Release Extension for a Child Lot for William Helwig, Jr. 
    1. William Helwig, Jr. wishes to retain his right to develop his child lot. Therefore, he has requested a 3-year Preliminary Release extension. Ms. Hoxie made a motion to approve the 3-year Preliminary Release Extension request. Ms. Williams seconded the motion. All voted in favor and the motion passed.
  8. Catherine Bowling, Subdivision of a Pre-Existing Dwelling
    1. Kitty Bowling submitted a request to subdivide out the pre-existing dwelling on a two-acre lot that would include the majority of the farm buildings as well. The lot configuration also encompasses the required 10,000 sq. ft. sewage disposal area. The Conservation Easement permits three family lot options, and this request would be the first of these three lots. Ms. Williams made a motion to approve the request to subdivide out the pre-existing dwelling on a two-acre lot as one of the three family lot options. Ms. Hoxie seconded the motion. All voted in favor and the motion passed.
  9. Purchase of Development Rights (PDR); Next Purchase Cycle
    1. Staff proposed that at the next meeting on February 4, 2019, the Board will review a schedule and make a decision on the timeframe for the next cycle, as well as to recommend a price cap per TDR for the program. This cap will be based on appraisals and recent sales of Transferrable Development Rights. Mr. Rice noted that staff will put together a packet of information on the next PDR cycle that will be mailed to the Board members in advance of the February meeting.
  10. Expansion of the Rural Legacy Area: Preservation Maryland Input
    1. Mr. Rice noted that in early 2019 the Agricultural Land Preservation Advisory Board should decide on a plan of action for the public process with regard to the expansion of the Rural Legacy Area to Cobb Neck. Staff will likely recommend a public information meeting to be held at the Fire House in Newburg. There will need to be at least one public hearing to be held with the County Commissioners, but a public hearing may also be held with the Planning Commission beforehand. County staff still needs to meet with DNR to see if they would support an additional Rural Legacy Area in Nanjemoy.
  11. 2019 Meeting Schedule
    1. Mr. Rice presented the proposed 2019 meeting schedule (February 4, April 15, June 10, August 12, October 28 and December 9), which the Board agreed to. Staff will proceed with posting the 2019 calendar online.
  12. Adjournment
    1. A motion was made by Ms. Williams and seconded by Ms. Hoxie to adjourn the meeting at 7:34 PM. All voted in favor and the motion passed.

Next Meeting: February 4, 2019 at 6:30 PM in the Vista Conference Room of the County Government Building.