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§ 21-102. Statement of policy

West's Annotated Code of MarylandLand UseEffective: October 1, 2012

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Land Use (Refs & Annos)
Division II. Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission [Titles 14-27] (Refs & Annos)
Title 21. Regional District Plan (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 1. In General (Refs & Annos)
Effective: October 1, 2012
MD Code, Land Use, § 21-102
§ 21-102. Statement of policy
In general
(a) It is the policy of the State that:
(1) the orderly development and use of land and structures requires comprehensive regulation through implementation of planning and zoning controls; and
(2) local governments shall implement planning and zoning controls.
Recognition of displacement and limits on economic competition
(b)(1) To achieve the public purposes of this regulatory scheme, the General Assembly recognizes that local government action will displace or limit economic competition by owners and users of property.
(2) It is the policy of the General Assembly and of the State that competition and enterprise shall be displaced or limited for the attainment of the purposes of the State policy for implementing planning and zoning controls as provided for in State and local law.
Construction of section
(c) The powers granted to the Commission and district councils under this section may not be construed to:
(1) grant to the Commission or district councils powers in any substantive area that are not otherwise granted to the Commission and district councils by State or local law;
(2) restrict the Commission or district councils from exercising any power granted to the Commission and district councils by other law;
(3) authorize the Commission or district councils to engage in any activity that is beyond their power under other law; or
(4) preempt or supersede the regulatory authority of any State unit under any State law.


Added by Acts 2012, c. 426, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 2012.
MD Code, Land Use, § 21-102, MD LAND USE § 21-102
Current with all legislation from the 2023 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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