Department of Planning
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Legislative projects are begun in response to County Council Resolutions, Planning Board initiatives, County Executive requests, and Master Plan recommendations. Planning staff prepares reports recommending amendments to zoning and other regulations to the Planning Board. Staff also tracks State and County legislation, and presents legislation of interest to the Planning Board.

County Council Resolution 73-13

County Council Resolution 73-13 (PDF), was introduced on August 5, 2013 requesting the Baltimore County Planning Board review relevant County laws and regulations relating to the use of land for the accessory non-commercial, raising and keeping of small livestock, fowl or poultry, and to report their findings to the County Council. The Department of Planning working on behalf of the Planning Board is coordinating with staff from the Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability (EPS), the Department of Health, the University of Maryland Baltimore County Extension along with constituents who are interested in working with the County on the proposed legislation.

Since then, the Department of Planning has completed its final report, The Accessory Non-Commercial Raising and Keeping of Small Livestock, Fowl or Poultry (PDF). This report was introduced to the Planning Board on June 4, 2015. The Planning Board held a public hearing on June 18, 2015 and voted to approve the staff report with amendments (PDF) on July 16, 2015. That report with the amendments will be transmitted to the County Council who will make a final decision on the proposed zoning regulation amendments.

Staff Contact:
Jessie Bialek
Phone: 410-887-3521

Revised July 31, 2015

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