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§ 8-1808.8. Forest and woodland areas, wetlands requirements

West's Annotated Code of MarylandNatural Resources

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Natural Resources
Title 8. Waters (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 18. Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Critical Area Protection Program (Refs & Annos)
MD Code, Natural Resources, § 8-1808.8
§ 8-1808.8. Forest and woodland areas, wetlands requirements
In general
(a) Except as provided in subsection (b)(2) of this section, each local jurisdiction in the Atlantic Coastal Bays Critical Area shall include in its local critical area protection program provisions requiring proposed development sites in intensely developed areas to provide a forest or developed woodland cover of at least 15% after development or a fee-in-lieu payment if the fee is adequate to ensure the restoration or establishment of an equivalent forest area.
Construction with Forest Conservation Act
(b)(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, the provisions of this subtitle replace the requirements of the Forest Conservation Act provided under Title 5, Subtitle 16 of this article within the Atlantic Coastal Bays Critical Area.
(2) Subsection (a) of this section and paragraph (1) of this subsection do not apply to:
(i) Development of a single lot for the purpose of constructing a dwelling intended for the use of the owner, or a child or grandchild of the owner, if the development does not result in the cutting, clearing, or grading of more than 40,000 square feet of forest, and the lot was legally recorded prior to July 31, 1994; or
(ii) A single lot that is part of a project that has otherwise complied with the Forest Conservation Act.
(3) For purposes of subsection (a) of this section, forest or developed woodland cover may include trees, woody plants, and shrubs, and any landscaping under an approved landscaping plan.
Contents of critical area protection program
(c) Each local jurisdiction in the Atlantic Coastal Bays Critical Area may include in its local critical area protection program:
(1) As part of compliance with the stormwater management requirements of Title 27 of the Code of Maryland Regulations and Title 4, Subtitle 2 of the Environment Article, a provision encouraging the use of bioretention for redevelopment in intensely developed areas;
(2) A provision applying buffer requirements to tributary streams located outside the critical area and within the Atlantic Coastal Bays Watershed that are noted as perennial and intermittent streams in the Atlantic Coastal Bays Watershed and that are so noted on the most recent U.S. Geological Survey 7-1/2 minute topographic quadrangle maps (scale 1:24,000) or on more detailed maps or studies at the discretion of the local jurisdiction; and
(3) To the extent otherwise permitted by law, a provision regarding improvements over State or private wetlands, including criteria for the protection of water quality and fish, wildlife, and plant habitats, and the use and construction of private and community piers in the local jurisdiction.
Assistance by Department
(d) On request, the Department shall assist a local jurisdiction in the preparation of:
(1) Any more detailed maps or studies necessary to implement the buffer provisions under subsection (c)(2) of this section; and
(2) The wetland protection provisions under subsection (c)(3) of this section.
Agricultural activities
(e) If a local jurisdiction adopts provisions consistent with subsection (c)(2) of this section, agricultural activities are permitted in the buffer outside the critical area and in the Atlantic Coastal Bays Watershed that are in accordance with Title 27 of the Code of Maryland Regulations under an approved soil conservation and water quality plan.

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Added by Acts 2002, c. 433, § 1, eff. June 1, 2002.
MD Code, Natural Resources, § 8-1808.8, MD NAT RES § 8-1808.8
Current through legislation effective through May 9, 2024, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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