Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012
On May 2, 2012, Governor Martin O'Malley signed the Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012 into law. This Act requires adoption by the locality of the Growth Tier Maps prior to approval of any major subdivisions served by septic systems. As of this writing, Calvert County has not adopted a Growth Tier Map. Once adopted, the County will not be permitted to approve major subdivisions in the Tier IV area.
In accordance with Article 9-206 (B)(2)(I) of the Act, these provisions do not apply if a major subdivision submission to the County was made prior to October 1, 2012. According to the Act, the submission should include the preliminary engineering, density, road network, lot layout and existing features of the proposed development.
The Act further stipulates that the Preliminary Plan must be approved no later than October 1, 2016.
A subdivision review may require at least ninety (90) days to approval. There are many components needing coordination such as wet season perc tests that can only occur in late winter/early spring.
If you have a subdivision that was submitted for review before October 1, 2012, and you intend to complete this project, be sure to contact us or your consulting surveyor immediately to make sure you meet the October 1, 2016 deadline.
If you or your client would like to discuss this matter or would like to set up an appointment, please contact staff by calling 410-535-1600: Yolanda Hipski (ext. 2636), Terry Williams (ext. 2642), Carolyn Sunderland (ext. 2380), or Olivia Vidotto (ext. 2379).