The Development Review Committee (DRC) is responsible for reviewing and approving development in the County. The DRC meets weekly to determine which projects meet the requirements for limited exemptions to the development regulations or whether changes to previously approved plans meet the requirements of refinements to those plans.
The DRC is comprised of representatives of Baltimore County departments responsible for reviewing and approving development in the County. Members are appointed by their respective department heads and act at the behest of the department head. A representative of the Department of Permits, Approvals and Inspections (PAI) chairs the DRC.
Lot Line Adjustments (LLA)
Notice: All applications for Lot Line Adjustments (LLA) will be filed in Development Management, Room 123, and when accepted, will be forwarded to the Zoning Review Office for final review and approval. Email Carl Richards, Zoning Supervisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-887-3391.
Search development applications by street address or project name to view the actions of the DRC or to obtain DRC meeting information. On the record detail page, expand or collapse sections to more easily view the desired information.
DRC Action Categories
The findings of the DRC may be categorized as follows:
The DRC does not have the authority to grant the applicant's request or the applicant's request does not require DRC approval.
A decision by the DRC is withheld pending further information. The applicant will need to bring the request back to the DRC on the "old business" agenda once outstanding issues are resolved.
"A" exemptions are exempt from the development review and approval process as provided for in the Baltimore County Code, Article 32, Title 4, Subtitle 4. A project meeting these requirements does not require a concept plan, community input meeting, development plan and an Administrative Law Judge hearing.
Applicants who meet one or more of the criteria for an "A" exemption, described below, may apply directly for a building permit or recording in the land records.
The building or preparation of land for building a dwelling for one or two families on a single lot or tract that is not part of a recorded plat.
The building or preparation of land for building a dwelling for one or two families on a lot or lots exempt from the lapse provisions of Section 32-4-273 of this title.
The building or preparation of land for building on a lot of record lawfully in effect at the time of the building or preparation of the land for building, provided the lot of record did not result from a subdivision of land exempt under Section 32-4-105 of this subtitle.
The construction of one tenant house or the location of one trailer on a farm tract.
The subdivision of property in accordance with a court order, a will, or the laws of intestate succession.
The resubdivision or lot line adjustment of industrially zoned or commercially zoned parcels of land that have been the subject of a previously approved Development Plan and recorded plat.
The construction of residential accessory structures or minor commercial structures.
The construction of a building owned and operated by a county volunteer fire, ambulance, or rescue company that is used primarily for storage or training purposes.
The construction of a building owned and operated by a county volunteer fire, ambulance, or rescue company that is used primarily for fundraising activities.
The construction of a building owned and operated by a county volunteer fire, ambulance, or rescue company that is used primarily for other purposes related to rescue or fire-suppression activities.
Lot line adjustments in residential zones that are not part of an approved Development Plan or zoning plan.
Subdivision of land that was recorded before January 26, 1990, into three or fewer lots.
Except as provided in paragraph (2of this subsection, subdivision of land into three or fewer lots for residential single-family dwellings provided that the lots are not served by a panhandle driveway.
If a lot is served by a panhandle driveway, the subdivision of land into three or fewer lots for residential single-family dwellings is only exempt from the concept plan requirements under Sections 32-4-211 through 32-4-217 of the Baltimore County Code.
If a lot is served by a panhandle driveway, the subdivision of land into three or fewer lots for residential single-family dwellings is only exempt from the county review requirements under Sections 32-4-226 and 32-4-227 of the Baltimore County Code.
"B" exemptions are specifically exempted from the community input meeting and hearing officer's hearing only.
Applicants receiving a "B" exemption, described below, are required to have a development plan approved prior to building permit submittal.
Lot line adjustments, including the combination of lots or parcels.
Amendments to an approved Development Plan or plat that do not materially alter the proposed development.
The subdivision of land that is in an approved state agricultural land preservation district or county agricultural easement for the purpose of the conveyance of the lots to the owner or the children of the owner under Title 2, Subtitle 5 of the Agriculture Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland and Article 24 of the Code.
The subdivision of a farm tract into two lots.
The subdivision of land into three or fewer lots for residential single-family dwellings.
The construction of accessory structures.
The subdivision of land or buildings in a planned office or industrial park for which a Development Plan has been approved in accordance with this title.
A minor development that does not exceed a total of three lots.