Charles County, Maryland

Commissioners Adopt Comprehensive Plan, Effective July 12

For Immediate Release
Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 11:15am

Commissioners Adopt Comprehensive Plan, Effective July 12

The Board of Commissioners adopted a new Charles County Comprehensive Plan, effective July 12, 2016. The plan will serve as a blueprint on how and where the county grows for years to come. The Comprehensive Plan allows for development, redevelopment, conservation, and preservation. Data and analyses of several topics, including land use, transportation, community and economic development, natural resources, and an implementation schedule, are provided in the plan. View the plan online at www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/pgm/planning/planning.

“I am pleased the Charles County Comprehensive Plan is adopted, and thank all those involved with the five-year draft development process,” Commissioner President Peter F. Murphy said. “The plan balances development with environmental stewardship, and will guide our county’s future growth.”

The Charles County Comprehensive Plan:  

•Creates a new, 30,000-acre Watershed Conservation District to protect Mattawoman Creek watershed.
•Protects stream valleys from development.
•Requires updates of the zoning ordinance, zoning maps, and subdivision regulations.
•Provides a long-range vision of a new light rail transit corridor and Waldorf urban redevelopment. 
•Continues work on historic village revitalization plans.
•Supports eco-tourism.
•Maintains commercial core and neighborhood areas.
•Mandates new affordable housing requirements.
•Promotes energy conservation.
•Provides for the study of a potential mixed-use village center for the southern area of the county.

The adoption of the Charles County Comprehensive Plan completes a five-year process of developing a draft plan, including resident and Planning Commission participation, and County Commissioner review and adoption. The plan includes data projections to the year 2040, but will be reviewed and updated again in 2026.