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Environment & Land Use

This page contains information on the topics of environment and land use that relate to Maryland’s counties.  It provides access to State government documents, relevant task force materials, surveys, and environment, land use and planning news from MACo’s blog, Conduit Street.

Conduit Street Blog

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Read past blog series on environmental issues:

Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load

Accounting for Growth Work Group (2013)

Total Maximum Daily Load Resources

Maryland's Phase II Watershed Implementation Plan for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

WIP Phase II County Plans

Climate Change

An overview of the State of Maryland’s programs to reduce the impacts of Climate Change in Maryland. 

Maryland’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan Website


Septic Systems (Onsite Disposal Systems)

The Task Force on Sustainable Growth and Wastewater Disposal made a series of recommendations including: (1) using Best Available Technology for new septic systems; (2) increasing the bay Restoration Fund (BRF) fee and expanding the uses of the BRF; (3) creating four “land use tiers” that would determine where the septic systems may be places; and (4) various provisions relating to agriculture. 

Task Force on Sustainable Growth and Wastewater Disposal (2011)


Smart Growth and Sustainability

Maryland’s Sustainable Growth Commission (2010)

Task Force on the Future for Growth and Development in Maryland (2007)


Maryland Department of Planning Resources and Policy

A list of county planning staff assignments and links to documents providing county planning authority in Maryland.

Local Government Planning Resources from the Maryland Department of Planning

Plan Maryland

PlanMaryland is a statewide policy that directs Maryland’s counties to identify their growth and preservation areas to meet land use, planning and development goals.

PlanMaryland Website

Local Comprehensive Plans

Priority Funding Areas

Department of Legislative Services – Legislative Handbooks

This handbook, prepared by the Department of Legislative Services, has information on county development impact fees and building permits, in addition to other information.

Maryland Legislative Handbook – Maryland Local Government


Not finding what you seek?

To suggest another resource to be added to this list, email Robin Clark Eilenberg.