Dayton Rural Preservation Society

Supporting the preservation of rural farmland in HoCo, Md


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The Mulch Issue is BACK!!!

Posted by on July 2, 2017 at 7:25 PM Comments comments ()
Over the last couple of years our DRPS board has worked tirelessly attending meetings of the Task Force set up by Ken Ulman and stacked against the interest of the people with political appointments that worked hard to sway even our newest county executive and our very own councilman, Greg Fox. They introduced CB 60-2017 after rejecting amendments DRPS put forth in our ZRA 160. Instead, they went with their ZRA 180 which does NOT protect Dayton and surrounding townships from industrial mulch p... Read Full Post »

June 2nd SUCCESS! HoCo Council VOTED to Keep Industrial Mulch Manufacturing Off of Ag Preserve farmland!

Posted by on June 12, 2014 at 12:20 AM Comments comments ()

This article doesn't nearly cover the whole story and it does show that there is room for the mulch issue to return to Ag Preserve or to Western Howard County on RC zoned land or RR zoned land.  This issue is far from over!,0,715725.story

May 19th HoCo Council Meeting, Testimony

Posted by on May 20, 2014 at 6:05 PM Comments comments ()

May 19th amazing testimony was heard in opposition to mulch, compost, topsoil industrial facilities moving into Western Howard County on farmland in HoCo Ag Preserve, Maryland Ag Preserve and RC zoned areas.  Farmers came out against this move and against the industrial wealthy businessmen who successfully changed the laws last summer during HoCo Comprehensive Zoning Amendment process literally changing the definition of farming at 10PM at night!!  Residents te...

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Ulman Weighs in on Mulching Issue - Baltimore Sun

Posted by on April 30, 2014 at 8:20 AM Comments comments ()

A must read article on the best legislation idea proposed by any member of the Howard County government to-date!,0,2833570.story

Community Meeting - Ten Oaks Ballroom

Posted by on April 28, 2014 at 10:10 PM Comments comments ()

We had a great turnout of 500+ Howard County and concerned Maryland residents responding to the threat of industry taking over our farmlands especially our agricultural preservation land tax payers paid millions to preserve!

Here are four videos from the meeting:

- Ken Ulman's assistant Ginnie Gick reading a statement from Howard County Executive Ulman

- Allan Kittleman exposing the root of the ...

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VIDEO of April 17th Planning Board Testimony

Posted by on April 27, 2014 at 6:40 PM Comments comments ()

Must see video clips to help you feel like you were there witnessing the key testimony to the Planning Board.  Christopher Biesel videoed and edited this for DRPS.  Thank you, Chris!

YouTube VIDEO: Planning Board Hearing April 17th

County Council Bills Introduced

Posted by on April 27, 2014 at 4:20 PM Comments comments ()

Council Bills CB20 and CB21 have been submitted to the County Council and will be introduced as legislation to be publicly discussed on May 19th and voted on Jun 2nd.  There are KEY differences!

Council Bill 20 is derived from ZRA-149 and was introduced by Councilman Greg Fox and co-sponsored by Council women Mary-Kay Sigaty and Courtney Watson. This bill limits Natural Wood Waste Recycling on our local farms to 2% of the f...

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Planning Board Hearing

Posted by on April 18, 2014 at 1:20 PM Comments comments ()

Thursday, April 17th at 3430 Courthouse Drive, the Planning Board met to hear the concerns of HoCo residents while considering both ZRA 148 by DRPS and ZRA 149 by Greg Fox.  Marsh McLaughlin, Dir of Dept of Planning & Zoning, introduced her own amendment.  The Planning Board denied both 148 & 1...

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LAUNCH DAY: DRPS Launches Web Site

Posted by on March 2, 2014 at 7:40 AM Comments comments ()

Today is LAUNCH day!  We are excited to share an important tool that will help you learn more about the proposed industrial mulch facility and its impact potential for all of Howard County’s agricultural preservation farmland, including Dayton, Maryland.


The web...

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DRPS LLC Submits Their Own Zoning Regulation Amendment

Posted by on February 28, 2014 at 7:45 PM Comments comments ()

Bad News :/

DRPS has heard that the Muth farm may have been sold yesterday - possibly to JBRK, LLC or one of their owners.  However, regardless of who owns the farm, a conditional use hearing is required for the Mulch Facility and that only means that we need to double our efforts to stop this proposed project on this farm and others in Agricultural Preserve in Howard County.

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