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Charles County, Maryland

The Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012 (SB 236)

The Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012 (SB 236)

Senate Bill 236 was passed by the Maryland General Assembly in its 2012 Session. The goal of the law is to limit the impacts of large subdivisions, which are served by individual septic systems, on farm and forest land, streams, rivers and Chesapeake and Coastal Bays.

Four growth tiers of land use categories are to be created to identify where major and minor residential subdivisions may be located and what type of sewerage system will serve them.

Tier I are areas that are served by public sewerage systems and mapped as locally designated growth areas or a municipal corporation that is served by public sewerage systems.

Tier II are areas that are planned to be served by public sewerage systems or areas within a municipal corporation’s Municipal Growth Element.

Tier III are areas that are not planned for sewerage service and not dominated by agricultural or forest land. They are also areas not zoned for agricultural resource or land conservation. Major residential subdivisions can occur in Tier III.

Tier IV are areas that are not planned for sewerage service and are planned or zoned for agricultural, resource or land preservation or conservation. Tier IV areas are also areas dominated by agricultural lands, forest lands or other natural areas.

Growth Tier Map recommended by the Planning Commission on November 5, 2012
Tier Map Adopted 4/29/2014
Maryland Department of Planning letter to the Charles County Commissioners
Maryland Department of Planning's Analysis of Adopted Tier Map
Maryland Department of Planning's Charles County Adopted Tier Map Changes from tier Map Workgroup Template

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.