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Planning and Zoning - Cultural Resources  


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Cultural Resources Division of Planning and Zoning

The Cultural Resources Division, which operates in the County’s Planning and Zoning Department, is tasked with protecting the County’s myriad historic sites, buildings and landscapes. County legislation protects archaeological sites, historic buildings, cemeteries and scenic and historic roads when development is proposed. The team includes County employees Dr. Al Luckenbach, C. Jane Cox (M.A.), and Darian Beverungen  (M.A.)  who manage the program and conduct site development.
The Cultural Resources Division (CRD) relies heavily on the support of professional consultants to achieve its regulatory mandates and programmatic goals. Consultants assist County staff with resource identification, survey, documentation, and evaluation in support of development and compliance review as required under Article 17 of the County Code. 
The CRD staff is supplemented by a part-time contractual architectural historian, Caitlin Merritt (M.S.), and a historic sites survey assistant and GIS Specialist, Stacy Poulos (M.P.S.) Archaeological efforts to identify and document significant and threatened sites by the "Lost Towns Project" team is also an integral element of the CRD program.  These independent contractors are also critical to the operations of the Anne Arundel County Archaeology Lab, they oversee a cadre of volunteers and interns, and conduct important research, salvage excavations, educational outreach and special projects. This team of consultants includes John Kille (PhD), Stephanie Sperling (M.A.), Jasmine Gollup (M.A.), Shawn Sharpe, Mandy Melton and Carolyn Gryzckowski.
The Lost Towns Project invites citizens to learn about history and archaeology firsthand as “hands on” volunteers. Learn more!
Preservation of historic sites safeguards the County’s historic and cultural heritage, which in turn stabilizes and improves property values, fosters civic pride, protects and enhances the County’s resources for citizens and visitors, serve as a stimulus to economic development, and ultimately strengthens the economy of the County. Such sites - once destroyed - cannot be replaced.  
Anne Arundel County is progressive in that it recognizes  historic structures, roads and landscapes, and archaeological sites as resources that require protection, just like natural resources, such as farmland, wetlands, bogs, and shorelines.
Article 17 Regulations
Article 17, section 501-504 authorizes the County’s cultural resources staff to reviewing site development activities for potential effects on archaeological sites, historic structures, cemeteries, and scenic and historic roads. The program also reviews demolition permits, telecommunication towers, and State community development block grants projects.
Cultural resources staff and consultants conduct site visits and undertakes pertinent research to ensure development decisions are based upon current information. This research includes identifying, evaluating and documenting historic resources throughout the County.
Cultural Resources staff coordinates preservation projects and Section 106 review with the Maryland State Historic Preservation Office, as required by federal law, and maintain GIS data on the cultural resources within the County.
The Cultural Resources Division also fields citizen inquiries, offers educational outreach opportunities, (including hands on archaeology programming at County Parks and internship/ volunteer opportunities,) and provides advice and guidance for local non-profit preservation groups working to preserve sites in the County. Find Out More about how to get involved and help preserve Anne Arundel County’s past.
General Development Plan
In order to protect and preserve the historic and archaeological heritage of the County, the CRD team continues working on these broad policies:The recently adopted General Development Plan (2009) details the County’s commitment to historic preservation as an important component of Community Preservation and Enhancement.
« Develop stronger incentives to encourage preservation and institute meaningful deterrents to prevent destruction of historic resources
« Strengthen land use policies and regulations to promote and enable cultural resources protection;
« Improve interagency coordination at the local and State level to enhance preservation efforts on public lands; and
« Enhance public education and community engagement to promote stewardship of historic resources County-wide.


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