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§ 3-201. Plan preparation

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

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Land Use (Refs & Annos)
Division I. Single-Jurisdiction Planning and Zoning [Titles 1-13] (Refs & Annos)
Title 3. Comprehensive Plan (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 2. Development and Adoption (Refs & Annos)
Effective: October 1, 2012
MD Code, Land Use, § 3-201
§ 3-201. Plan preparation
In general
(a)(1) A planning commission shall prepare a plan by carefully and comprehensively surveying and studying:
(i) the present conditions and projections of future growth of the local jurisdiction; and
(ii) the relation of the local jurisdiction to neighboring jurisdictions.
(2) A planning commission shall make the plan with the general purpose of guiding and accomplishing the coordinated, adjusted, and harmonious development of the local jurisdiction and its environs.
(3) The plan shall serve as a guide to public and private actions and decisions to ensure the development of public and private property in appropriate relationships.
Scope and purposes of plan
(b)(1) In accordance with present and future needs, a plan shall promote:
(i) good civic design and arrangement;
(ii) a healthy and convenient distribution of population;
(iii) the health, safety, and general welfare of the local jurisdiction; and
(iv) efficiency and economy in the development process.
(2) A plan shall:
(i) include any areas outside the boundaries of the plan that, in the planning commission's judgment, relate to the planning responsibilities of the commission; and
(ii) provide for:
1. transportation needs;
2. the promotion of public safety;
3. light and air;
4. the conservation of natural resources;
5. the prevention of environmental pollution;
6. the wise and efficient expenditure of public funds;
7. adequate public utilities; and
8. an adequate supply of other public requirements.
Implementation of visions
(c) In addition to the requirements for the plan under Subtitle 1 of this title, a planning commission shall implement through the plan the visions set forth in § 1-201 of this article.
(d)(1) A planning commission may promote public interest in and understanding of the plan.
(2) A planning commission shall consult with public officials and agencies, public utility companies, civic, educational, professional, and other organizations, and citizens about protecting or executing the plan.


Added by Acts 2012, c. 426, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 2012.
MD Code, Land Use, § 3-201, MD LAND USE § 3-201
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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