All of the organizations are registered 501(c) 3 tax exempt groups.
The board will vote on the results of the hearing at a later date.
County hears report on development rights
Washington County has an estimated 14,000 transferable development rights (TDR), according to the results of a preliminary TDR study presented Tuesday to the Washington County Commissioners.
Eric Seifarth, TDR project manager and farmland preservation administrator, said a program to transfer development rights aligns with the commissioners' first goal of presenting recommendations for equity and land preservation.
Representatives from planning and law group White & Smith LLC examined about 1,700 parcel sales in an effort to "zero in" on the value of a TDR in Washington County.
The study identified rural areas from which development rights could be transferred, and "receiving areas," or places where development rights could be applied to increase density, and found each TDR to have a value of about $10,000.
Commissioners expressed concern that a TDR program would not provide farmers with the amount of equity sought by the board.
Crime victims' rights week proclaimed
Washington County Commissioners President John F. Barr proclaimed this week Washington County Crime Victims' Rights Week during the weekly commission meeting Tuesday.
Reading a proclamation before members of the State's Attorney's Victims Rights Unit, Barr honored crime victims and those who serve them.
"The Washington County State's Attorney's Office Victim/Witness Unit is joining forces with victim service programs, criminal justice officials and concerned citizens to raise awareness of National Crime Victim's Rights week to ensure that every victim is afforded every legal right and treated as a crucial participant in our criminal justice system," he read.
Washington County Crime Victims' Right Week runs April 22-28 in conjunction with the National Crime Victims' Right Week.