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Carroll County… It’s Time to Rezone

Carroll County is in the process of updating its zoning code…


The Zoning Process will take place in two distinct parts:
  1. Zoning Text
  2. Zoning Map


The Zoning Code (current text) is developed to help ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the community. It does this by regulating the densities, intensities, and uses of all property in the county.

Proposed Text

*The two versions of text are the same. One shows the changes from the original code. The other version does not contain that information.


Simply stated, the map puts the text on the ground. The zoning map reflects existing zoning, future land use recommendations from recently adopted plans, and proposed future zoning. The map updates for properties currently zoned B-NR, B-G, I-R and I-G will occur with the adoption of the Zoning Code for the new C-1, C-2, C-3, I-1, I-2, and EC districts.

Interactive Zoning Map


The Department of Planning will be hosting two (2) public outreach efforts regarding the Comprehensive Rezoning Effort. The purpose is to present the changes to the zoning code, show the corresponding map and process moving forward.

March 26th at the County Office Building Room 003 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

March 27th at the South Carroll Senior Center from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

March 26th and 27th presentation

Submit Your Comments

Forthcoming: Residential focus group meetings

Upcoming Board Work Sessions

January 15, 2019 - Notes

January 22, 2019 - Notes

January 29, 2019 - Cancelled due to snow

February 12, 2019 - Notes

February 21, 2019 - New Time 1:30 P.M.

February 26, 2019 - Cancelled

Zoning Code Dash Board

Comprehensive Rezoning Text Dashboard
Updated 10-18-18
Up Coming Drafting Public Distribution (Public Outreach Topics) Planning Commission Approval to Forward to BCC Board of County Commissioners
Commercial (Commercial Low, Commercial Medium, Commercial High)
(Industrial Light, Industrial Heavy)
Employment Campus
Gray means forthcoming
Yellow means in-process
Green means moving forward
Red means on-hold

For more information contact the Carroll County Planning Department at 410-386-5145 or email us at

Details About the Rezoning Process:

+ What is a Comprehensive Plan?

A comprehensive plan, or a master plan, is a document that integrates a community’s goals and objectives to achieve an overall vision for the future.

A main component of a comprehensive plan is its future land use designations. These designations drive where and how future development will occur.

+ What is Comprehensive Rezoning?

Comprehensive rezoning is the process whereby a jurisdiction changes the zoning map to be consistent with the Master Plan. This also involves reviewing and updating the zoning code. This ensures that the zoning map & code align with the community’s vision for the future as expressed in the adopted comprehensive plan.

+ What is the Process for a Text Amendment?

The Text Amendment process begins with the Concept Team. This group is comprised of representatives from numerous county agencies including:
  • Department of Planning
  • Dept. of Land and Resource Management
  • Department of the County Attorney
  • Bureau of Development Review
  • Zoning Administration
  • Department of Economic Development

After soliciting stakeholder input, this Concept Team develops a Draft Code which reflects the goals of the Comprehensive Plan.

The Draft Code then makes its way through the Public Review process where it must be reviewed by both the Planning Commission and the Board of County Commissioners (BCC). Only upon the Board’s Adoption and map changes does the new zoning code take effect

The process is summarized in the flow chart below:

+ What is the Process for a Zoning Map Change?

Zoning Map Changes follow a similar process involving the same players: the Concept Team, Planning Commission, and BCC.

The process is summarized in the flow chart below:

The below image is an example of an approved Zoning Map:

+ Current Comprehensive Plans

During comprehensive rezoning, the Concept Team, Planning Commission, and Board of County Commissioners will analyze any zoning changes for compatibility with the county’s comprehensive plans. The following comprehensive plans are applicable to our county:

Please note that this list does not include municipalities’ individual comprehensive plans. These plans will remain under the purview of these local jurisdictions and their respective zoning ordinances.

Comprehensive Rezoning: Frequently Asked Questions and Common Misconceptions

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