Governor O'Malley signed the Sustainable Growth & Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012 into law on May 2, 2012.
Septics Law Implementation
As part of its technical assistance responsibility under SB 236, MDP is providing guidance to local jurisdictions and a web mapping application. The web application provides the key components for local jurisdictions to create their tier map. MDP is also available to help jurisdictions that might need additional assistance.
The Act represents a promise of the State to be a good steward of its rural, forested, resource and agricultural lands. It also renews the State's commitment to promote growth in areas that are planned for it and have the infrastructure in place for it.
"The Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012 is a major step forward for issues that have been kept separate for too long: smart growth and protecting our streams, rivers and bays. The initiative significantly strengthens Maryland's role as a national model for these issues. If implemented correctly, it will more effectively address the proliferation of residential, large-lot sprawl on farm and forest land, and the related problems of bay pollution and rising public infrastructure costs.”
- Richard Eberhart Hall,
Maryland Secretary of Planning
The new law promotes greater accountability and predictability of development by establishing four tiers of growth – those areas which will be served by public sewer and those employing on-site waste disposal, or septic, systems. Local jurisdictions are encouraged to map those areas. Residents in a community will know where their county or municipality is planning for major and minor subdivisions on septic.