Chesapeake Bay Critical Area (CBCA) - Conservation Plan
The Chesapeake Bay Critical Bay Area Overlay Zones are superimposed over the underlying zones to minimize adverse impacts on water quality and protect fish, wildlife, and plant habitats in and around the Chesapeake Bay. New development applications, such as Preliminary Plans of Subdivision and lot consolidations, in the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Overlay Zones require approval of a Conservation Plan by Planning Board in order to ensure protection of water quality and habitats. Conservation Plans demonstrate how a project has been designed to meet the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area criteria. The Conservation Plan consists of a stormwater management concept plan, an erosion and sedimentation concept plan, a vegetation management plan, and such other plans relating to environmental systems.
Pre-Application Conference: Optional under current Zoning Ordinance. Required under new Zoning Ordinance.
Pre-Application Neighborhood Meeting: Optional under current Zoning Ordinance. Required under new Zoning Ordinance.
Subdivision and Development Review Committee (SDRC): Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Conservation Plans may be referred to the SDRC, at the discretion of the Zoning Section Supervisor or at the request of the applicant.
Decision Maker: Conservation Plans are ruled upon by the Planning Board when associated with a Preliminary Plan of Subdivision, and by the DPIE Director with recommendation from Planning Director when associated with a building permit or a grading permit.
|Conservation Plans (Chesapeake Bay Critical Area)|
In conjunction with a plan for which there is a public hearing
Public Notice Requirement: Dependent upon the associated development application (Preliminary Plan of Subdivision, building permit, grading permit)
Estimated Review Time: Dependent upon the associated development application (Preliminary Plan of Subdivision, building permit, grading permit)
Important and Required Documents
Application Forms and Filing Instructions
Public Notice Requirements
Relevant Development Review Bulletins
Guides and References