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Charles County, Maryland

Community Engagement

Community Engagement

Renesha Miles
Community Engagement Coordinator

Charles County Government conducts community engagement and outreach activities on important policy issues, programs, and initiatives that affect the public to keep them informed and solicit input on the policies, plans and work of Charles County Government. This is a key function of the Media Service Division as part of its effort to help facilitate effective, ongoing two-way dialogue with the community.

Get Engaged
We are preparing ways to better solicit your input on the issues that matter to you. Through community meetings and online comments, we are developing tools to hear and respond to your feedback.

Citizens Academy
Become a Community Ambassador 

The Charles County Government Citizens Academy program is designed to help promote a better understanding of Charles County Government operations by allowing participants to hear from directors and staff members from all departments.  Some of the program goals include developing a network of County Ambassadors and proactively engaging our community.  The fall 2019 session begins Sept. 12 and runs until Oct. 24, 2019.

Stay Informed on Current Issues:

Planning and Growth Management New Plan Review Submittal Process
Effective May 1, 2019 the Planning Division will begin implementing a new application intake procedure and reduced review time frames. The goal is to keep projects moving forward as efficiently and as expeditiously as possible within the limits of our authority. A Pre-Submittal Conference is required for the following application types being submitted to the Planning Division for review:

  • Site Development Plans (Major and Minor)
  • Minor Plats of Subdivision
  • Conceptual Subdivision Plans
  • Preliminary Subdivision Plans
  • Major Plats of Subdivision 
  • Planned Development Zone (Floating Zone) Applications
  • Special Exceptions
  • Variances
  • Zoning Text Amendments
  • Zoning Map Amendments
The required Pre-Submittal Conference allows an applicant the opportunity to present the project to the Department of Planning and Growth Management to explore project viability and discuss major code and ordinance requirements, fees, and review timeframes. During the conference, staff will assist with defining project requirements, highlight any special concerns or considerations, and provide guidance for including the minimum required information for application submittal. Read moreWatch the Planning and Growth Management video presentation to the Commissioners, and download the presentation (pdf).