The mission of the Planning Division is to prepare and maintain Comprehensive Plans, sub area plans such as redevelopment plans, and special purpose studies. We also implement these plans through the administration of local land development regulations such as the zoning and subdivision codes. In addition, we enforce state and local laws protecting our natural resources and environmentally sensitive lands. If you own land and want to know what regulations apply to it or, if you have a project and want to know where to begin or, if you simply wish to participate in any of our ongoing planning activities, you have come to the right place. Simply click on the subject of interest to you. Best Regards, Steven Ball, Planning Director.
Water Conservation District (WCD) ZTA and ZMA
The Watershed Conservation District Zoning Text Amendment 16-142 and Zoning Map Amendment 16-54 is scheduled for a work session before the Charles County Planning Commission on March 13, 2017, at 6:00 PM in the Charles County Government meeting room at 200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD. The public cannot speak at work sessions but are welcome to attend or watch online.
Water Conservation District (WCD) Citizen Inquiry Form (posted 1/03/17)
- Blossom Point JLUS
- Bryans Road
- Dahlgren JLUS
- Indian Head Joint Land Use Study (posted 12/2/2016)
- Maryland Airport Land Use Study
- NAS PAX Joint Land Use Study (JLUS)
- Port Tobacco Village
Other Plans and Programs
Grants, Fee Credits, and Workshops for County Residents & Businesses
- Build a Rainbarrel Workshop
- Chesapeake Bay Trust - Charles County Community Watershed Assistance Grant
- Chesapeake Bay Trust Forestry Grant for Charles County Residents
- Chesapeake Bay Trust Watershed Restoration Grant for Local Non-Profits
- Septic System Pump-Out Reimbursement Program
- Septic System Upgrade Assistance
- Stormwater Remediation Fee
- Charles County Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan (coming soon)
- Growth Tiers
- Land Preservation Program and Opportunities for Charles County Landowners
Natural Resource Protection and Development Review
- Chesapeake Bay Critical Area
- Forest Conservation
- Habitat Protection Areas (HPAs)
- Resource Protection Zone
Streams & Watersheds
- What is the Stormwater Remediation Fee?
- What is the Fee Used For?
- How Can I Receive a Credit Toward the Fee?
- I have a Hardship, What Can I Do?
Watershed Assessment and Restoration
- Definition of Illicit Discharge
- Charles County's IDDE Program
- How to Report an Illicit Discharge
- Comprehensive Plan
- Zoning and Subdivision Regulations
- Stormwater Management Ordinance & Storm Drain Ordinance
- 2016 Comprehensive Plan
- Subdivision Regulations (Posted 6/8/2015)
- Subdivision Regulations - What's New (Posted 6/8/2015)
- Zoning Ordinance (ECode)
- Zoning Ordinance (PDF) (Posted 7/30/2015)
- Zoning Ordinance - What's New (Posted 3/4/2015)
IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE: All publications located within the Planning and Growth Management section of the web site are believed to be accurate as of their posting date. However, they may not be accurate on the day you view them. To verify whether these documents are the most current official document, please contact the division associated with the document in question.