Installment Purchase Program

About the Program


In 2002, Frederick County began the Installment Purchase Program (IPP), for purchasing easements through the use of Installment Purchase Agreements. This agreement pays the farmer tax-free interest only over a period of 20 years with a balloon lump sum principle payment at the end of the term. Over 19,500 acres have been preserved through the Installment Purchase Program.

Requirements

To apply for an IPP easement, property owners must meet the following minimum requirements:
  • Have a minimum of 50 acres, unless an adjoining property is already protected
  • Have a soil quality of at least 50% class I, II, or III soils, or woodland groups I and II
  • Have remaining development rights
    • Properties with no development rights may apply if the property adjoins permanently protected land consisting of over 50 acres or the property is within 2,000 feet of a comprehensive plan growth area


                  


Contact Us

  1. Anne Bradley


    Land Preservation Program Administrator
    Email
    Ph: 301-600-1474

    Shannon O'Neil


    Email
    Ph: 301-600-1411

    Land Preservation Program
    30 N. Market St.
    Frederick, MD 21701

    Hours


    Monday - Friday
    8 a.m. - 4 p.m.