[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of County Commissioners of Allegany County 10-5-1979 by Bill No. 4-79, effective 11-19-1979 (Ch. 90 of the 1984 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
In accordance with statutory provisions of the Agriculture Article, Title 2, §§ 2-501 through 2-515, of the Annotated Code of Maryland, Agricultural Preservation Districts may be established in Allegany County. Such districts shall provide for the protection of normal agricultural activities in the districts through the following provisions:
Any farm use of the land is permitted.
Operation at any time of machinery used in farm production or the primary processing of agricultural products is permitted.
Normal agricultural activities and operations in accordance with good husbandry practices, which do not cause bodily injury or directly endanger human health, are permitted and preferred activities, including activities which may produce normal agriculturally related noise and odors.
The sale of farm products produced on the farm where the sale is made is permitted.
These provisions are applicable to all Allegany County Agricultural Preservation Districts established in accordance with the Agriculture Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland.
Official maps of Agricultural Preservation Districts shall be located at the Allegany County Planning and Zoning Commission office and shall be revised from time to time to reflect the establishment, alterations and abolition of Agricultural Preservation District boundaries. The official maps shall be made current at least once a year by June 30 of each year and shall be published at the same scale as the Department of Assessment and Taxation Tax Maps.
In accordance with Agriculture Article, Title 2, §§ 2-501 through 2-515, and with Maryland Regulations 15.17.01, Agricultural Preservation District establishment shall be accomplished by this chapter only upon formal notification to the County Commissioners of Allegany County by the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation District Agreement signed by all parties and as recorded among the land records of Allegany County. All such district agreements, together with property descriptions, shall be maintained in an official file and shall be available from the Allegany County Planning and Zoning Commission located in the County Office Building.