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Critical Area Program
In 1984, the Maryland General Assembly passed the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Law in response to a decline in the overall quality of the Chesapeake Bay. This law created a special planning area, known as the Critical Area, located 1,000 feet landward from mean high tide or the edge of tidal wetlands, as designated on the State Tidal Wetland maps, and all waters of and lands under the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. The State Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Commission was created to formulate protective criteria for the use and development of this planning area and to oversee the development of Critical Area land use programs by local jurisdictions. The State law requires that local jurisdictions develop and adopt their own Critical Area Programs based on the State Chesapeake Bay Critical Area criteria. These local programs are approved by the Commission and reviewed every six years. Anne Arundel County's Critical Area Program was first approved in 1988.
Land Use Classifications
As directed by the State criteria, the County’s Critical Area Program designated three categories of land development within the Critical Area. Designations were based on existing development and public services available as of December 1, 1985.The three designations are Intense Development Area (IDA), Limited Development Area (LDA), and Resource Conservation Area (RCA). Grading, building, and land use must follow the Critical Area criteria specific to that designation. These criteria are more fully described in the County’s Land Use Ordinances. The Critical Area land use classifications are also denoted on maps that are available to view and to purchase through our office at the Heritage Complex in Annapolis.
The Critical Area Program also has special regulations for the following specific areas: Water dependent facilities; Shore erosion protection works; Forest and woodlands; Agriculture; Surface mining; and Natural parks.
Habitat Protection Areas
The State criteria required that the County designate Habitat Protection Areas (HPAs). These HPAs include a minimum 100 foot buffer from tidal wetlands and waterways, historic waterfowl staging and concentration areas, colonial water bird nesting sites, threatened and endangered species and species in need of conservation, anadromous fish spawning areas, existing riparian buffers, forest areas used by forest interior dwelling birds, nontidal wetlands, Natural Heritage Areas and other areas of local significance.
Within the Critical Area, the County can alter a property’s land use classification through a growth allocation process. Under the State law, 5 percent of the County’s designated RCA classification (917 acres) may be used for growth allocation. Half of that acreage may be used to change RCA to LDA or IDA. The other half may be used to change LDA to IDA. As of 2005, 419 acres have been converted from RCA to LDA or IDA, leaving 40 acres available; and 375 acres have been used to convert LDA to IDA, leaving 84 acres available. In order to receive growth allocation an application must be made to the County. After a public hearing, if approved, the application is forwarded to the Critical Area Commission for their review. The project must meet the Critical Area Criteria for development in the new designation.
The Chesapeake Bay Critical Area is a resource protection program that governs land use within 1,000 feet of high tide or tidal wetlands. The program aims to minimize the negative impacts of new development on water quality and to conserve fish, wildlife and plant habitats. Additional information on the Critical Area can be obtained below.