The State of Maryland entrusts local jurisdictions with land use planning authority to guide growth and development through the Land Use Article of the Maryland Annotated Code. The Land Use Article delegates planning and land use regulatory authority to all non-charter counties and all incorporated municipalities, except for Montgomery and Prince George’s counties and some of their jurisdictions.
The statute outlines the responsibilities, roles, and functions of the planning commission and sets the ground rules for planning and zoning powers.
In 2012, the Maryland General Assembly repealed Article 66B and Article 28 and replaced it with the Land Use Article.
Land Use Article. For a print copy ($91 in-state), call LexisNexus at (800)223-1940 and ask for the 2012 Maryland Code Annotated Land Use Article.
In 2013, the Maryland General Assembly repealed Articles 23A, 24, 25, 25A and 25B and replaced them with the Local Government Article.
Smart Growth Subcabinet Letter to Charles County Commissioners
The Governor’s Smart Growth Subcabinet, representing 13 state agencies, expressed concerns regarding Charles County’s draft comprehensive plan in September. Significant areas of Charles County, now designated as rural and agricultural conservation areas in the 2006 Comprehensive Plan, are being recommended to be rural residential, a significant shift.