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§ 20-202. Powers and duties

West's Annotated Code of MarylandLand UseEffective: October 1, 2022

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Division II. Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission [Titles 14-27] (Refs & Annos)
Title 20. Maryland-Washington Regional District (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 2. County Planning Boards (Refs & Annos)
Effective: October 1, 2022
MD Code, Land Use, § 20-202
§ 20-202. Powers and duties
In general
(a)(1) Subject to paragraph (2) of this subsection, a county planning board:
(i) is responsible for planning, subdivision, and zoning functions that are primarily local in scope; and
(ii) shall exercise, within the county planning board's jurisdiction, the following powers:
1. planning;
2. zoning;
3. subdivision;
4. assignment of street names and house numbers; and
5. any related matter.
(2) The functions under paragraph (1) of this subsection do not include the regional planning functions of the Commission relating to or affecting the regional district as a planning unit.
Exclusive jurisdiction
(b)(1) A county planning board has exclusive jurisdiction over:
(i) local functions, including:
1. the administration of subdivision regulations;
2. the preparation and adoption of recommendations to the district council with respect to zoning map amendments; and
3. the assignment of street names and house numbers in the regional district; and
(ii) mandatory referrals made in accordance with Subtitle 3, Part I of this title by the county planning board's respective county government or any unit of the county government.
(2) The Montgomery County Planning Board has exclusive jurisdiction over a mandatory referral made in accordance with Subtitle 3, Part I of this title by the County Board of Education, a municipal corporation or special taxing district, or a publicly owned or privately owned public utility.
Review of capital budgets by Montgomery County Planning Board
(c)(1) Subject to paragraph (2) of this subsection, the Montgomery County Planning Board shall:
(i) review the annual capital budgets of the county and future capital budget projections; and
(ii) submit recommendations to the county council.
(2) The county government shall have sole responsibility for the preparation of the capital budgets and programs of public works.
(d) Each county planning board shall:
(1) meet from time to time with its respective county council; and
(2) perform surveys, studies, and other planning duties the county council assigns to the county planning board.
Montgomery County Planning Board
(e)(1) This subsection applies only to the Montgomery County Planning Board.
(2) The Board shall:
(i) stream live video or live teleconference audio or other audio of the open meetings of the Board;
(ii) maintain on its website a complete and unedited archived recording of each open meeting that is livestreamed in accordance with this subsection; and
(iii) notwithstanding § 3-306(b)(2)(i) of the General Provisions Article:
1. prepare minutes of each meeting as soon as practicable after the meeting; and
2. publish and maintain on its website the minutes of each open meeting prepared in accordance with this subsection.
(3) The inability of the Board to comply with paragraph (2)(i) and (ii) of this subsection due to technical failure that entirely prevents or otherwise affects the quality of the live video or audio streaming of a meeting of the Board does not affect the validity of any action taken by the Board during the meeting if:
(i) the Board otherwise complies with this subsection and the Open Meetings Act; and
(ii) the inability to comply is not due to willful action by the Board.
(4) In addition to complying with the minutes requirements of the Open Meetings Act under § 3-306 of the General Provisions Article, if the Board is unable to comply with paragraph (2)(i) of this subsection, the Board shall make good-faith efforts to record an open meeting by video or audio and maintain on its website a complete and unedited archived recording of the meeting.


Added by Acts 2012, c. 426, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 2012. Amended by Acts 2022, c. 456, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2022.
MD Code, Land Use, § 20-202, MD LAND USE § 20-202
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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