Calvert County Times April 20, 2017 - Page 4

4 The Calvert County Times Local News It’s Spring Time “Let’s Play in the Yard” CANDYTUFT Select Landscape Size 1 Gallon Perennials $ 88 CREEPING PHLOX NEPETA 9 Only ea. DIANTHUS BLEEDING HEART reg. $12.99 Excludes special hybrid varieties. Only plants listed. SALVIA Shredded Hardwood Mulch Colonial Gray & Natural Stone Pallets $ 88 298 Full Pallet Only When you buy 2 or more pallets Grownomics Cedar Garden Boxes 3 cu. ft. bag 10 bags for $ 37 50 ea. Special 4’ x 8’ 119 88 ea. $ Lawn & Garden Solution Headquarters All-in-One Rose & Flower Care Tree & Shrub Protect & Feed 1 quart size 4 lb. Only 24 88 $ Only 39 88 $ Dewitt Weed Barrier GreenView Green Smart Weed & Feed 19 49 $ 5,000 sq. ft. bag Only $ 15,000 sq. ft. bag Only 88 88 6 year 3’ x 50’ Only 9 $ 88 Season Long Grub Control 5,000 sq. ft. reg. $39.99 Only 34 88 $ Osmocote Plant Food 2 lb. Special Only 9 $ 88 N ow S cheduliNg F or S priNg i NStallatioN c all t oday t o S chedule a N e Stimate 800-451-1427 Wentworth Nursery Charlotte Hall Prince Frederick 30315 Three Notch Rd, Charlotte Hall 20622 1700 Solomon’s Island Rd, Prince Frederick 20678 301-884-5292 800-558-5292 410-535-3664 1-866-535-3664 SPRING Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8-7, Sat. 8-6, Sun. 9-6 Sales good thru May 9th, 2017 Oakville 5 minutes North of Hollywood 41170 Oakville Road Mechanicsville 20659 301-373-9245 • 800-451-1427 Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7:30-6, Sat. 7:30-5 Thursday, April 20, 2017 Ag Land Family-Transfers Relaxed By Dick Myers Staff Writer The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has made it of- fi cial. After almost two years of working with the farming community, and several public hearings, the BOCC has relaxed some of the regulations involving inter- family transfer of agricultural land. The changes were one of the main initiatives by the BOCC after their election. The changes were formalized unani- mously by the commissioners after a rec- ommendation from the planning commis- sion immediately following an April 11 joint public hearing. The approvals came after an extensive presentation from Plan- ning Commission Administrator Carolyn Sunderland and a similar briefi ng earlier in the day for the BOCC. The regulations are rendered somewhat complex because they involve changes to several sections of the county code. During both April 11 sessions, Com- missioner Pat Nutter asked Sunderland to make sure that county staff understood the changes so they can correctly convey them to the public asking questions about them. During an earlier planning commission meeting an original staff proposal called for the owner of the transferred lot to hold it for at least ten years or purchase develop- ment rights. In a letter from Farm Bureau President Jason Leavitt, it was requested that the time limit be lowered to fi ve years. A joint letter, on Calvert County Depart- ment of Economic Development stationary, requested that limit be left at ten years. Successive motions by commission members supporting 10 and fi ve years failed to gather enough votes So, the com- promise of seven years was offered and that motion passed. That fi gure was what ulti- mately prevailed. The changes involve relaxing road re- quirements and increasing the number of lots allowed to be transferred off a farm. They also change the defi nition of family member to include: self, spouse stepchild, sibling or child of a sibling. The regulations now limit transfers to grandparent, parent, child and grandchild. Long-Range Planner Jenny Plummer- Welker noted at an earlier meeting that some farmers don’t live on the land hey own but current regulations do not allow that farmer to transfer a lot off the farm to himself. A subdivision road must be brought up to county standards after seen lots are conveyed but those standards have been relaxed somewhat including the distance of the required road improvements. The