Anne Arundel County Council approves farm brewery bill

The Anne Arundel County Council voted Monday to allow breweries as conditional uses on farms within residential low density and R1 zones. Councilwoman Amanda Fiedler, R-Arnold, introduced the legislation after concerns that wineries had more options than breweries. The bill brings breweries to parity with wineries and gives farmers more options to expand their businesses rather than selling their property for development, Fiedler said. “I’m thrilled to support agricultural growth and recognize that Anne Arundel still has working farmers who would like to remain and grow in a county that’s seen residential growth,” Fiedler said. “Land preservation is smart growth.” (Balt. Sun)

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