North County Preservation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting rural life in Northern Baltimore County.
We focus on gathering and distributing fact-based information to encourage responsible development and preservation, providing education on the history, and unique resources of the area, performing studies on land use trends, and solutions to conserve natural, agricultural, and scenic resources, and promoting long-term solutions to increase agricultural sustainability and to protect open space.
› Program Open Space Funding
The Maryland legislature is considering a recommendation to futher limit POS funds as a part of the new budget. Although we had hoped that the funds would increase substantially as the economy picks up, since they are based on a percentage of real estate transfer fees, the idea being considered is to place a cap on the amount going to POS - with anything over this going to SHA to fund stormwater remediation. While stormwater remediation is also important, POS funds are an investment in the future and essential to land preservation. NCP has submitted a letter to the legislators involved in this decision. News article >>Letter >>
› Growth Tiers
As mandated by the State, Baltimore County has designated Growth Tiers which will limit future septic systems. Most of the northern county is designated Tier IV, which should prevent any further major subdivisions. However, there is still the possibility of thousands of new houses and a number of planned development have been "grandfathered", so the need for land preservation remains as strong as ever. Maps of the Tiers can be found at MyNeighborhood.
› Successful Transitions: From Apprentice to Farmer
NCP funded a follow-up study to examine the results of various farmer training programs, including the Beginning Farmer Trainee Program which NCP was instumental in starting 4 years ago. The results of this study will help guide future changes and improvements to the program. Report >>Appendices >>
› CZMP 2012
CZMP 2012 has reached its conclusion, with the final decison on August 28, 2012. As we did for 2008, NCP again assembled a GIS database of environmental data to assist community associations and individuals in their determination of areas which require better protection through changes in zoning. The database also provided the County Council members and others a basis for evaluating submitted rezoning requests with regards to their environmental impact. MORE INFO >>
› Nutrient Management Guidelines
The Maryland Department of Agriculture has issued new Nutrient Management Guidelines in an effort to better protect the Bay from farm runoff. The Farm Bureau had written a letter which went into detail on their opposition to many of the proposed provisions which it believed would be detrimental to farming. READ THE LETTER >>
Since its founding, NCP has dealt with many issues of importance to the preservation of the north county. We will archive an overview of each here so you can read about our past efforts. MORE INFO >>
› Agricultural Study Updates
North County Preservation announced the availability of its report: Rural Baltimore County Agricultural Profitability Study and Action Plan. If you are interested in getting involved, please email Cathy Tipper or call 410 218-3620. Visit our Ag Studies page for details. MORE INFO >>
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North County Preservation, Inc.
P.O. Box 537 ● Monkton, MD 21111
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