Proposed rural legacy program expansion meeting to be held on Aug. 12

The Charles County Department of Planning and Growth Management will hold a public meeting on the proposed expansion of the Zekiah Watershed Rural Legacy Area on Monday, Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. in the Charles County Government Building (200 Baltimore Street, La Plata). 

This meeting will provide a public overview for expanding the program boundary south of Route 6 to the southernmost tip of the county.

The existing Zekiah Watershed Rural Legacy Area extends from the Prince George’s County border east of Waldorf to the Dentsville area and encompasses 30,000 acres. It includes an abundance of farms, wetlands, and historic sites as well as the state’s largest natural hardwood swamp forest.

The expansion will allow landowners in the Allen’s Fresh and Cobb Neck area to apply for state grants that can be used to preserve their properties through conservation easements.

More information on the proposed boundary expansion can be found on the county website at

The Charles County Planning Commission has scheduled a public hearing for Monday, Aug. 19 at 6 p.m. in the Charles County Government Building (200 Baltimore Street, La Plata). Visit for the latest public notices of upcoming public hearings.

For more information about the public meeting, contact Charles Rice at or 301-645-0651. Citizens with special needs, contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

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