Maryland’s AgPrint map begins with an analysis of Maryland’s resource lands, and it identifies and categorizes the level of development pressure of each resource. AgPrint targets certain areas for preservation and set priorities among them
The application provides information on the “status”, “vulnerability, “threat” and stability of rural resource lands. The “Status” is a measure of the number of residential lots already subdivided on agricultural or natural resource land. The “Vulnerability” is a measure of the number of additional residential lots that can be further subdivided and developed under existing local zoning and land use management tools. The “Threat” to rural resource land is an estimate of potential future market demand for residential lots, estimated by measuring the amounts of residential development that occurred on resource lands during the decade 1997 – 2006, and assuming a similar distribution of county residential growth projected to the year 2030. The fourth measure, “Stability of Rural Resource Lands,” assesses the likelihood that the integrity of the land resource can be sustained into the future, assuming aggressive land preservation efforts by the State and local governments.