County Council Review of Comprehensive Zoning for Regions 2 and 7

Bill No. 11-21 was passed by the County Council on May 3, 2021, which adopted “Plan2040”, the County’s General Development Plan. The 2021 law required that the County be divided into region planning areas. Plan2040 created nine region planning areas in the County.

A region plan is required for each region planning area. Region plans are intended to refine the recommendations for land use made in Plan2040 and are to be implemented through comprehensive zoning. Comprehensive zoning is a holistic way of updating the County zoning map. Under Maryland law, zoning must be consistent with planned land use.

Both the adoption of a region plan and the comprehensive zoning process will be carried out for the nine region planning areas through legislation in 2024 and following years. A change of zoning for a property in a specific region planning area may be made by amendment to a comprehensive zoning bill for that region.

This page is intended to be a guide for citizens and property owners and a pathway to an application to the County Council to request an amendment to change the zoning for a property in a particular region. Specific regions will be added to this page as specific legislation is introduced.

On February 5, 2024 the County Council introduced the following region plan and comprehensive zoning bills:

Bill No. 6-24: AN ORDINANCE concerning: General Development Plan – Region 2 Plan

Bill No. 7-24: AN ORDINANCE concerning: Comprehensive Zoning – Region 2

Application to the County Council to Request an Amendment to Change the Zoning for a Property in Region 2 (or Bill No. 7-24)

To view the final recommended drafts of the Comprehensive Zoning Map and the Tables of final recommended comprehensive zoning changes and consistency zoning changes, see the link below.

Region 2

On February 5, 2024 the County Council introduced the following region plan and comprehensive zoning bills:

Bill No. 8-24: AN ORDINANCE concerning: General Development Plan – Region 7 Plan

Bill No. 9-24: AN ORDINANCE concerning: Comprehensive Zoning – Region 7

Application to the County Council to Request an Amendment to Change the Zoning for a Property in Region 7 (or Bill No. 9-24)

To view the final recommended drafts of the Comprehensive Zoning Map and the Tables of final recommended comprehensive zoning changes and consistency zoning changes, see the link below.

Region 7


February 5, 2024: County Council Introduction of the draft Plan and draft Comprehensive Zoning Map for Region 2 (Bill No. 6-24 and Bill No. 7-24) and Region 7(Bill No. 8-24 and Bill No. 9-24)
February 9, 2024: 5:00 p.m. deadline for applicants to submit requests for amendments to be considered on March 4, 2024
February 13, 2024: County Council Work Session
February 19, 2024: Deadline for posting of sign for any zoning change to be considered on March 4, 2024
February 21, 2024: 5:00 p.m. deadline for applicants to submit requests for amendments to be considered on March 18, 2024
March 4, 2024: Deadline for posting of sign for any zoning change to be considered on March 18, 2024
March 4, 2024: County Council Meeting on the draft Plan and draft Comprehensive Zoning Map for Regions 2 and 7
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March 6, 2024: 5:00 p.m. deadline for applicants to submit requests for amendments to be considered on April 1, 2024
March 12, 2024: County Council Work Session
March 18, 2024: Deadline for posting of sign for any zoning change to be considered on April 1, 2024
March 18, 2024: County Council Meeting on the draft Plan and draft Comprehensive Zoning Map for Regions 2 and 7
County Council Calendar 
March 20, 2024: 5:00 p.m. deadline for applicants to submit requests for amendments to be considered on April 15, 2024
April 1 2024: Deadline for posting of sign for any zoning change to be considered on April 15, 2024
April 1, 2024: County Council Meeting on the draft Plan and draft Comprehensive Zoning Map for Regions 2 and 7
County Council Calendar 
April 9, 2024: County Council Work Session
April 15, 2024: County Council Meeting on the draft Plan and draft Comprehensive Zoning Map for Regions 2 and 7
County Council Calendar
May 6, 2024: County Council Meeting on the draft Plan and draft Comprehensive Zoning Map for Regions 2 and 7
County Council Calendar
May 10, 2024: Bill No. 6-24, Bill No. 7-24, Bill No. 8-24, and Bill No. 9-24 expire