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Priority Preservation Area Functional Master Plan
The 2012 Adopted and Approved Priority Preservation Area Functional Master Plan is available on-line.
Other Documents and ResourcesThe Technical Bulletin is a companion document that contains a summary of farm and forest (easement) preservation programs and financial resources for agricultural best management practices and other important content. Click here to view.
Highlights and Supplements Handout provides background information on the Priority Preservation Area (PPA) Plan, public input process, errata, and amendments sent to the Planning Board and District Council.
For information on available federal funding for farm and forest land, see the Natural Resources Conservation Service, 2014 Farm Bill, Conservation practices and programs for your land.
The PPA Functional Master Plan lays the groundwork for protecting the PPA Plan 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.
Public Participation Process, Adoption, and ApprovalDuring summer 2010, focus group meetings were held for community leaders to introduce the PPA Plan in the proposed PPAs. In October and November 2010, three public meetings were scheduled for landowners and other stakeholders to become informed on the plan. For more information, see the powerpoint presentation.
On September 13, 2011, the first joint public hearing was held at the Prince George's County Parks and Recreation Auditorium, 6600 Kenilworth Avenue in Riverdale, Maryland, due to flooding at the County Administration Building. Click here to see the Powerpoint presentation.
On January 24, 2012, the second joint public hearing was held at the County Administration Building,
On April 12, 2012, the Planning Board adopted the master plan with amendments.
On July 10, 2012, the District Council approved the master plan with amendments.
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This plan was developed for Prince George's County in accordance with House Bill 2 (HB2), the Agricultural Stewardship Act of 2006. It requires that a county seeking state certification of its agricultural land preservation program identify PPAs, and update its comprehensive plan with a PPA element. Prince George's County is seeking certification; thus, it must designate a PPA that:
According to HB2, the PPA element shall:
Also in 2006, House Bill 1141 was enacted, which requires a planning commission of a County or municipal corporation to consider comprehensively the effects of any planned or proposed land use on forest and agricultural conservation lands, as well as on stream and wetlands. It requires that these natural resource lands intended for protection or conservation be designated in a sensitive area's element of the County comprehensive plan. The goal is to prevent any negative impacts to the natural resources of a county or municipality.
This functional master plan established a countywide PPA. Portions of the PPA were designated through the Subregion 1, Subregion 5, and Subregion 6 Master Planning Process. The plan contains goals, policies, and strategies that will guide agricultural preservation efforts in the County. The plan amends the 2002 Prince George's County Approved General Plan and will meet the requirements of the House Bill 2, the Agricultural Stewardship Act of 2006, and House Bill 1141—Land Use-Local Government Planning.