Agricultural Preservation Advisory Board (APAB)


The APAB promulgates the rules and regulations and has developed procedures for the formation of Agricultural Preservation Districts (APDs) and implementation of the county’s Agricultural Preservation Program. The APAB has developed rules, regulations, and procedures for the creation and operation of the County’s Purchase and Retirement Fund (PAR) for Development Rights. The APAB meets on a monthly basis to review program participant requests to ensure they are within compliance with the rules and regulations, as well as to administer the County’s PAR program. The APAB works with the Department of Planning & Zoning to review and recommend changes to the County’s Agricultural Preservation Program as needed.


APAB meetings are held on the first Monday of the month with the exception of January  and September, which have been rescheduled to the 2nd Tuesday. Meetings start at 7:30 p.m. during Daylight Savings Time and at 7:00 p.m. before and after Daylight Savings Time.

2024 APAB Meeting Schedule (PDF)


All APAB meetings are currently being held via teleconference. See Jen David for more information.

Meeting Agendas and Minutes

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2023 APAB Meeting Schedule

Date Time
1/9/2024 7:30pm
2/5/2024 7:30pm
3/4/2024 7:30pm
4/1/2024 7:30pm
5/6/2024 7:30pm
6/3/2024 7:30pm
7/1/2024 7:30pm
8/5/2024 7:30pm
9/10/2024 7:30pm
10/7/2024 7:30pm
11/4/2024 7:30pm
12/2/2024 7:30pm

Agenda Item Requests

Agenda items should be submitted using the Agenda Item Request Submittal Checklist (PDF) by the agenda item due date as listed in the 2024 Meeting Schedule (PDF). All requests will be reviewed at the regularly scheduled meetings.

Send request submittals to:  

Agricultural Preservation Advisory Board
c/o Jennifer David
Courthouse Square
205 Main Street, Floor 2
Prince Frederick, Maryland 20678

Open Meeting Statement

The Agricultural Preservation Advisory Board and Committee complies with the Open Meetings Act.

APAB Members

Victor Freeland, Chair
Stephen Oberg, Vice Chair
James Dowell, Secretary, Farmer
Thomas Briscoe, Farmer
Walter Wells, Farmer
Charles Spicknall, Alternate

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Agricultural Preservation Advisory Board  please refer to the  Volunteer Boards and Commissions web page.