Bureau of Comprehensive Planning -
Rezoning Requests

Overview

Changes to zoning district boundaries on the official zoning maps can occur in one of two ways:

  • through a comprehensive rezoning process; or,
  • through a zoning map amendment (piecemeal) process.

Chapter 426, Section 4 of the Annotated Code of Maryland (Land Use Article) provides for the establishment, enforcement and amendment of zoning regulations and boundaries. Article XXX of the Carroll County Code of Public Local Laws and Ordinances further provides for the comprehensive and piecemeal zoning map amendment processes. The following procedures have been established in accordance with these laws.

Comprehensive Rezoning Process

A comprehensive rezoning can occur following the adoption of a comprehensive plan or at any other time as appropriate, and serves to implement the future land use recommendations contained in that plan. In formulating the plan, the Planning & Zoning Commission (Planning Commission) will have carefully considered and studied the area, its current and planned needs, and the interests of the public and individual property owners. Thus, the land use recommendations contained in that plan are deemed to have come out of a "comprehensive" process, and zoning changes that implement the recommendations are considered valid and consistent with the plan. A comprehensive rezoning may be suggested for consideration by an individual, but can only be pursued on the recommendation of staff or the Board of County Commissioners (see Section 223-200 Comprehensive rezoning, Carroll County Code of Public Local Laws and Ordinances).

Active Comprehensive Rezonings

Name Location County Commissioner District Introduction to PZC Presentation of Staff Report to PZC PZC Recommendation Public Hearing Board of County Commissioners Action
Freiji
1011 Baltimore Boulevard
3
May 7, 2014
July 15, 2014 Click here for staff report.

Recommended approval.
August 21, 2014
Approved


For more information on the comprehensive rezoning process or active rezoning requests, please contact Scott Graf at sgraf@ccg.carr.org or 410-386-2145.

Zoning Map Amendment (Piecemeal) Rezoning Process

A zoning map amendment (piecemeal) rezoning process typically is requested by an individual property owner or contract purchaser of property. It is a request to change the zoning on a property based on one of two findings that would support a zoning change:

  • a substantial change in the character of the neighborhood; or
  • a mistake in the existing zoning classification.

Because such a request is initiated outside of the comprehensive planning and implementation process, the petitioner must demonstrate that one of these two conditions exists through the petition for zoning map amendment.

Petition for Zoning Map Amendment and Guide for the Preparation of Rezoning Petitions and Procedure for Rezoning

Active Rezoning Petitions

The following rezoning requests currently are under consideration by the Planning Commission or Board of County Commissioners. A copy of the staff report to the Planning Commission or the Planning Commission report and recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners (depending on the status of the request) can be found below.

Case # Name County Commissioner District Introduction to PZC Presentation of Staff Report to PZC PZC Recommendation Public Hearing Board of County Commissioners Action
219 Long Reach (Clarke Farm) 4 August 7, 2013 September 17, 2013 Favorable recommendation to Board of County Commissioners to rezone property to Business Neighborhood Retail. Click here for staff report. October 17, 2013

RESCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 21, 2013
Approved to rezone the petition area to Business Neighborhood Retail ("B-NR")
220 Old Gamber Road and Gamber Road Property 2 September 17, 2013 October 15, 2013 Unfavorable recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners to rezone property Business General. Click here for staff report. December 5, 2013 Approved to rezone the petition area to Business General ("B-G")
221 Property at the corner of Bonnie Brae Road and MD 26 4 October 15, 2013 November 19, 2013 Favorable recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners to rezone property to Business Neighborhood Retail. Click here for staff report. January 16, 2014 Approved to rezone the petition area to "Business Neighborhood Retail" (B-NR)
222 Dickenson Road Property (Tract Z-1) 4 February 18, 2014 March 18, 2014 Favorable recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners to rezone property to Business Neighborhood Retail. Click here for staff report. April 17, 2014 Approved to rezone the petition area to "Business Neighborhood Retail" (B-NR)


For more information on the piecemeal rezoning process or active rezoning requests, please contact Andrea Gerhard at agerhard@ccg.carr.org or 410-386-2145.



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