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Comprehensive Plan Update and Zoning Ordinance Rewrite

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We have embarked on a two-year 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. All this will be laid out in the Comprehensive Plan update and Zoning Ordinance rewrite process.

The next round of workshops are scheduled
We are interested in hearing from you about five key issues identified during 2016.

Five workshops are scheduled. All workshops will be held at the College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus at 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Doors will open 30 minutes before each meeting for an open house. Maps, graphs, and other information will be on display. Staff will be available to answer questions during the open houses and after each workshop. Before each workshop, an issue paper will be posted on line for review. The issue papers are short documents that summarize major ideas and provide possible strategies for dealing with each issue. Results from the workshops will be used to develop the Comprehensive Plan.
  • Monday, Feb. 6, Building B, Providing an Efficient and Multi-modal Transportation System. View the issue paper.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 22, Building A, Supporting Options in Community Character: Developing a Place-type Strategy. View the issue paper.  Share your ideas.
  • Thursday, March 9, Building A, Strengthening Economic Vitality and Tourism
  • Monday, March 27, Building B, Fostering Communities with Multi-Generational Opportunities
  • Thursday, April 6, Building A, Preserving Rural Character and Directing Growth to Existing Population Centers
  • A snow date of Monday, February 27 has been reserved in case the first two workshops need to be postponed due to inclement weather. The workshop will be held in Building A.

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.
  3. Share your ideas on the workshop topics. Take the current survey.

Calvert County Comprehensive Plan Adopted 2004, Amended 2010

Whom should I contact for more information?

For Comprehensive Plan Questions

Jenny Plummer-Welker, AICP, Long-Range Planner
Calvert County Department of Community Planning & Building
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

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

Helpful links:
Comprehensive Plans, Maryland Department of Planning:

News & Announcements
Public Encouraged to Attend Comprehensive Plan Workshop on Feb. 22
The third round of public meetings on the Calvert County Comprehensive Plan Update is currently underway. Five workshops are scheduled from February through April, each focusing on a different important issue. Read on...

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