MACo Environment & Land Use Retreat Covers Hot Topics

MACo hosted an Environment and Land Use Retreat on June 1 that was attended by nearly 70 county officials, including planners, health officers, environmental health officers, parks and recreation directors, budget and finance officers, and others.  During the nearly 6-hour event, MACo Associate Director Les Knapp moderated several discussions on current and future environment and land use challenges in Maryland.  Discussion topics included:

  • Septic System Legislation (SB 236)
  • Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) proposed Best Available Technology (BAT Septic System Regulations
  • PlanMaryland
  • Stormwater Management Fee Bill (HB 987)
  • Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Phase II Watershed Implementation Plans (WIPs)
  • Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act of 2009 (HB 315/SB 278) and Climate Change Issues
  • Local Planning Resources

Based on the discussion, MACo will be conducting a survey of county land use and planning resources.  Some attendees also indicated that further discussion would be beneficial for certain topics, such as the septics legislation.  MACo plans to host a smaller discussion meeting that completely focuses on the “nuts and bolts” of the septics legislation.

Local government officials discuss environment and land use issues facing Maryland’s county governments.
Howard County Planning & Zoning Office Director Marsha McLaughlin raises an issue regarding the septic system legislation





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