15.15.05.05

.05 County Review.

A. County Agricultural Advisory Board Recommendation. Upon receipt of a landowner's request for review to terminate an easement from the Foundation, the county governing body shall notify and ask for the recommendation of the county agricultural preservation advisory board, established under Agriculture Article, §2-504.1, Annotated Code of Maryland, or any other appropriate county agency or board. The advisory board or other county agency shall recommend to the county governing body the approval or disapproval of the termination of the easement based on current land regulations, local comprehensive planning, and any local priorities for the preservation of agricultural land to the county governing body.

B. County Decision.

(1) Upon receipt of the recommendation of the county agricultural preservation advisory board and, as determined by the county, any other appropriate county agency or board, and after the Foundation's public hearing, as required by Regulation .04C(2) of this chapter, the county governing body shall approve or disapprove the termination of the easement based on local regulations, local patterns of development, comprehensive planning, and any local priorities for the preservation of agricultural land.

(2) The county governing body shall notify the Foundation of its decision within 90 days after the Foundation's public hearing, as required by Regulation .04C(2) of this chapter. The county's decision is not the final decision that is subject to appeal.