2017 Comprehensive Zoning Review

The Department of Planning and Zoning has scheduled two community input meetings with the Planning Advisory Board (PAB) to allow citizens to provide feedback on the 115 Comprehensive Zoning applications received by the Department.  The meetings will be held from 7pm to 9pm at Edgewood High School on Tuesday, April 11th and Bel Air High School on Tuesday, April 25th.  Citizens must sign up to speak prior to the start of the meeting.   Department of Planning and Zoning staff will be available starting at 6pm to answer questions about the Comprehensive Zoning process or assist citizens with locating Zoning Issues on a map of the County.  The meeting will start promptly at 7pm with an introduction from Bradley Killian, Director of Planning and Zoning.  Citizens will have 3 minutes to address the PAB.  Citizen representing groups will be given 5 minutes to speak.  The members of PAB are present to listen to citizen comment and will not be answering questions.  Citizens will also have the ability to leave written comments at each meeting.  In the spring/summer of 2017, The Department of Planning and Zoning and PAB will make recommendations on each of the rezoning requests.  The recommendations will  be incorporated into a Director’s Report that will be sent to the County Council.  The Council will then hold public hearings on the 2017 Comprehensive Zoning bill and vote on each of the requests.

Comments on Comprehensive Zoning applications can be sent to the Department via Email.

The Department of Planning and Zoning, under the administration of County Executive Barry Glassman, has developed a Harford County Rezoning Tracker for tracking rezoning requests received from property owners during the 2017 Comprehensive Zoning Review. The tracker displays an interactive map of each rezoning request submitted to the Department plus detailed information about the underlying property.  Throughout this year-long review process, the rezoning tracker will be updated in real time as applications are received and processed. 

To use the tracker, click on the image above and look for the underlying properties identified with red crosshatch markings on the countywide map.  Clicking on a marked parcel will access multiple tabs of information, including the existing zoning, requested zoning, and assessment data.  Within this feature is a link to the “document archive” which displays a copy of the rezoning application. The tracker also includes options to create, save and print maps. 

As a companion to the tracker, a rezoning log has also been posted online and will be updated in real-time.  The log lists affected parcels by council district and by the date the application was filed, with direct links back to the property’s location on the tracker map.  As the review process unfolds, columns will be added to the log showing recommendations made for each parcel by the Planning Advisory Board, the Department of Planning & Zoning, and the final decision of the County Council. Click on the image above to access the log.

Click on the links to the right for detailed information about the 2017 Comprehensive Zoning Review. 

The Harford County Code requires that a Comprehensive Zoning review be initiated every 8 years.  A property owner may request a zoning change for the property during the Comprehensive Zoning review by applying to the Department of Planning and Zoning.   The Department cannot accept any additional requests after the deadline established by the Director of Planning and Zoning. Each application shall be considered by the Director during the Comprehensive Zoning review process.  If the Department recommends a change in the zoning for a property when the property owner has not requested a change, the Department shall give written notice of the recommendation to the owner and to each owner of property that abuts the property for which the change has been requested. The notice shall be mailed at least 30 calendar days before the public hearing conducted on the Planning Director’s final report by the Council.  It is important to note that applications for piecemeal rezoning are suspended for the duration of the Comprehensive Zoning review.  
Within 365 calendar days of the date the Department began accepting applications, the County Executive must submit to the Council the comprehensive revisions and amendments to the zoning maps and regulations contained in the final report of the Director of Planning and Zoning. The County Council will then conduct a public hearing on the Comprehensive Zoning review.   At least 21 calendar days before the public hearing conducted by the County Council, the Department will ensure that each property for which a zoning change has been requested is posted with a notice stating the date, time and location of the hearing and the telephone number of the Department.  Any changes to the report of the Director of Planning and Zoning shall be voted upon by the County Council as individual issues.
For more information or questions concerning the 2017 Comprehensive Zoning review, please contact:
Department of Planning and Zoning
220 South Main Street
Bel Air, MD 21014
Phone:  410-638-3136