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Sign Regulation
In 2011, the BOCC directed staff to perform a comprehensive review of the sign regulations using a large stakeholder group. The Departments of Planning & Zoning and Economic Development hosted a forum on county signage regulations in February 2012 to provide the public with an opportunity to review current sign ordinances and offer feedback on potential changes. Community feedback was solicited on temporary weekend signs, signs on vehicles, off-premise/directional signs, electronic signs and other outdoor advertising methods.

As part of the sign regulation review effort, an Ad Hoc Committee of business owners, citizens groups, members of county appointed boards and commissions and residents to study the issues further and develop a set of proposed changes. The Ad Hoc Committee worked with staff to develop a set of draft regulations.  The draft regulations (dated January 2, 2015) were distributed for public comment. Three public meetings were held in March and April 2015 to provide information and to gather public input.

In June 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States rendered a decision on a court case titled Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Arizona. In general, the court found that communities cannot regulate signs based on the content of the sign (i.e., you should not have to read the sign to determine how to regulate it). This concept is referred to as content-neutrality. Since the county’s draft regulations included content-based regulations, the draft regulations needed to be reworked to address the Supreme Court’s decision and to address comments received from the public.

Staff worked with a consultant, Compass Point Planning, and the County Attorney, John Norris, to prepare a new draft of the sign regulations (10-27-2016 draft), which focuses on the types of sign structures allowed not on sign content. The Ad Hoc Committee met and reviewed the draft on Nov. 15, 2016. The BOCC held a work session on the sign regulations on Nov. 29, 2016. The Planning Commission reviewed the draft in Dec. 2016. The Planning Commission reviewed agency comments at its meeting on Jan. 18, 2017, made changes to the draft and directed staff to work with the County Attorney to amend the Dunkirk Master Plan with broad policy statements similar to the other Town Center Master Plans.
Current Sign Regulations           
Compilation of Calvert County Zoning Ordinance and Seven Town Center Zoning Ordinances

Public Hearing 
The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners and Planning Commission will hold a Joint Public Hearing on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., at the Calvert Pines Senior Center, 450 West Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick, Maryland, to consider proposed amendments to the Calvert County Zoning Ordinance, Dunkirk Master Plan, Dunkirk Zoning Ordinance, Huntingtown Zoning Ordinance, Lusby Town Center Zoning Ordinance, Owings Town Center Zoning Ordinance, Prince Frederick Zoning Ordinance, St. Leonard Zoning Ordinance, and Solomons Town Center Zoning Ordinance.

DRAFT Sign Regulations          

Proposed Text Amendments for Public Hearing on Aug. 22, 2017
     Legal Notice      
     Key Points about the Proposed Sign Regulations (Public Hearing Draft)

  1. Calvert County Zoning Ordinance, Article 6-8 Sign Regulations
  2. Calvert County Zoning Ordinance, Article 12 Definitions
  3. Calvert County Zoning Ordinance, Article 6-8 Sign Regulations (current regulations to be repealed and replaced)
  4. Dunkirk Master Plan Proposed Amendments
  5. Town Center Zoning Ordinances proposed amendments: Dunkirk, Huntingtown, Lusby, Owings, Prince Frederick, St. Leonard, and Solomons

Proposed Draft Regulations (Dated October 27, 2016)

Prior Board of County Commissioners Work Sessions
The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners held a work session on November 29, 2016.

The Board held a work session on July 11, 2017.

Please contact the Department of Planning & Zoning for more information at 410-535-1600 ext. 2356 or email Department of Planning & Zoning.



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Jenny Plummer-Welker
Long Range Planner
Ph: 410-535-1600 ext. 2333

Patricia (Pat) Haddon

Principal Planner
Ph:  410-535-1600 ext. 2631

Will Selman
Community Designer
Ph:  410-535-1600 ext. 2727
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