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Comprehensive Plan Update and Zoning Ordinance Rewrite

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We have embarked on a process to plan the future of Calvert County. From transportation, economic development and public safety to recreation, natural resources and housing – we want to know your vision for our future.

Calvert County Planning Commission is Currently Working to Develop the Draft Plan
To view the Planning Commission's working documents, visit the Planning Commission's webpage to view the agendas and associated documents. 

Link to the Calvert County Comprehensive Plan (October 2017, First Draft)
Link to Sustainability in the Comprehensive Plan (Draft)
Link to the Slideshow on the Draft Comprehensive Plan, November 2017

The Planning Commission continues to seek comments on the Comprehensive Plan First Draft.

Submit your comments via mail or email 
Mail: 175 Main Street, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Link to the Comprehensive Plan First Draft Comments Received through December 13, 2017
Link to the Comprehensive Plan First Draft Additional Comments Received through January 2, 2018
Link to the Comprehensive Plan First Draft Additional Comments Received through January 29, 2018
Link to the Comprehensive Plan First Draft Additional Comments Received through February 13, 2018

The revised second draft is anticipated to be published in the spring of 2018. There will be additional opportunities for public comment on the second draft. Steps in adoption include the Planning Commission approving the plan and recommending that the Board of County Commissioners adopt the plan, and the Board of County Commissioners adopting the plan. A public hearing will be held prior to the Planning Commission recommending adoption of the plan. 

Open Houses on Draft Comprehensive Plan 
Three open houses were held on the draft Comprehensive Plan: Nov. 13 at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, Nov. 14 at the Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department in Dunkirk, and Nov. 16 at Calvert High School in Prince Frederick. Open houses featured an introductory presentation, shown continuously, stations with information boards and staff available to answer questions.

Information on the Open Houses is available:

Results from the Five Workshops are Available

Five workshops were held for the Calvert County Comprehensive Plan Update, from February 6, 2017 through May 16, 2017. These workshops reflected the ideas and challenges revealed during the issue identification workshops in 2016. Before each workshop, an issue paper was posted on line for review. The issue papers are short documents that summarize major ideas and provide possible strategies for dealing with each issue. Workshop materials including issue papers, slideshows, survey results, comment cards, meeting evaluations, and additional supplemental materials can be found below. Ideas from the workshops will be used to develop the Comprehensive Plan.

Workshop #1

Providing an Efficient and Multi-modal Transportation System.

Workshop #2

Supporting Options in Community Character: Developing a Place-type Strategy

Workshop #3

Fostering Communities with Multi-Generational Opportunities

Workshop #4

Preserving Rural Character and Directing Growth to Designated Areas.

Workshop # 5

Strengthening Economic Vitality

We held information meetings and issue identification workshops in 2016
In the summer of 2016 informational meetings were held where the public could learn about the update and rewrite process and share their ideas about the challenges Calvert County is facing. In September and October four interactive workshops were held where participants and the comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance team heard from each other in facilitated small group discussions. A summary of the discussions is available online. The discussions at those meetings helped set the stage for the next phase, discussing key issues that should be addressed in the new Comprehensive Plan.

Stay involved!

To stay current on all the activities and events associated with our Comprehensive Plan rewrite and Zoning Ordinance update: 

  1. Sign up to receive email messages via the Notify Me button in the left column on this page. 
  2. View the Calvert County Comprehensive Plan Overview Presentation. The narrated presentation explains what a comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance are and why they need updated/rewritten; describes demographic, housing, and transportation trends; and gives a timeline for the project.

Helpful links:
Current Calvert County Comprehensive Plan
Calvert County Comprehensive Plan Adopted 2004, Amended 2010

Comprehensive Plans, Maryland Department of Planning:

Transportation Information
Transportation Fact Sheet 2017, Prepared in April 2017 for the Calvert County Comprehensive Plan Update
Transportation Fact Sheet 1996, Prepared in 2015 for the Calvert County Comprehensive Plan Update

Average Daily Traffic on MD 2/4 in Prince Frederick:
See Page 5 of the FY 17-22 Consolidated Transportation Plan (CTP), Maryland State Highway Administration

Whom should I contact for more information?
For Comprehensive Plan Questions

Jenny Plummer-Welker, AICP, Long-Range Planner
Calvert County Department of Planning & Zoning
150 Main Street, Suite 300; Prince Frederick, MD 20678
410-535-1600, ext. 2333 or 301-855-1243, ext. 2333

For Zoning Ordinance Questions:

Mary Beth Cook, Deputy Director/Zoning Officer

Calvert County Department of Planning & Zoning
150 Main Street, Suite 300; Prince Frederick, MD 20678
410-535-1600, ext. 2334 or 301-855-1243, ext. 2334

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