Meeting to discuss revised expansion of Mattapany Rural Legacy Area.

Leonardtown, MD - In response to citizen comments about the January 2016 draft proposal of the expansion of the Mattapany Rural Legacy Area, the boundary has been revised to focus on areas with more conservation opportunities. The proposal also removes the majority of small developed residential lots.

Rural Legacy Areas are an important part of the County’s land preservation efforts to maintain lands needed for farming and forestry activities, to preserve the rural landscape, and retain the rural character valued by St. Mary’s County residents. More than 11,000 acres have been preserved through voluntary easements, which compensate property owners for electing to maintain their properties as rural. Land preservation also helps to maintain military operational capabilities necessary to retain the County’s largest economic driver, Patuxent River Naval Air Station, by reducing development which may be incompatible with activities at Pax River and Webster Field.

A meeting has been scheduled to provide an opportunity for citizens to review and discuss the proposed expansion, and to offer written comments regarding this revised boundary proposal. The meeting will take place:

August 4, 2016 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Lexington Park Library (Meeting rooms A and B)
21677 F.D.R Boulevard
Lexington Park, MD 20653

Questions and comments regarding the Rural Legacy Program or the updated expansion area, should be directed to:  Sue Veith at 301-475-4200 extension *1547 or via email at or Donna Sasscer at 240-309-4021 or via email at

The county and local Rural Legacy Partners will consider all questions and comments and received at the August meeting, or via mail by September 2, 2016, before a formal proposal is submitted for consideration to the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County in late Fall 2016.

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