Charles County, MD
 
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of County Commissioners of Charles County 8-31-1992 by Ord. No. 92-62[1]. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Trailers and trailer parks — See Ch. 130.
Zoning Map — See Ch. 145.
Planning Commission — See Ch. 200.
Agricultural Preservation Districts — See Ch. 215.
Building construction — See Ch. 224.
Farming — See Ch. 235.
Fees — See Ch. 236.
Flood damage control — See Ch. 238.
Impact fees — See Ch. 249.
Land use — See Ch. 252.
Mobile homes and mobile home courts — See Ch. 257.
Stormwater management — See Ch. 274.
Subdivision regulations — See Ch. 278.
Forest conservation — See Ch. 298.
Attachment 1 - Fig IV1 Table of Permissible Uses Attachment 2 - Fig V1 to V2 Max Res Densities Attachment 3 - Fig VI1 to VI7 Sch Zoning Regs Attachment 4 - Fig VII1 to VII5A Planned Dev Zones Attachment 5 - Fig X1 Road Corridor Buff Req Attachment 6 - Fig XIV1 to XIV3 Req for Cluster Dev Attachment 7 - Fig XIX1 Max Sign Size Attachment 8 - Parking Occ Rate Table Attachment 9 - Table Off-Street Parking Attachment 10 - Bufferyards bet Adj Zones Attachment 11 - App A Info Req Apps Master Plan Attachment 12 - App B Specs Driveway Ent Attachment 13 - App C Specs Street Design Attachment 14 - App D Specs Parking Area Surf Attachment 15 - App E Guide for Landscaping Attachment 16 - App F End and Cert Major Sub Plats Attachment 17 - App G Model Certif and Forms Attachment 18 - App H Guide for Noise Levels Attachment 19 - App I Sup Design Criteria Attachment 20 - App J Road Inventory Form Attachment 21 - App K Plot Ag Sign Prog Attachment 22 - App L Buffer Mod Areas Attachment 23 - App M Shore Erosion Protect Meas Attachment 24 - App N Above Mean High Water Attachment 25 - App O Management Guidelines
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Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 295, Zoning, adopted 3-30-1992 by Res. No. 92-25.
Article I Introduction

§ 297-1 Purpose.

§ 297-2 Statutory authority.

§ 297-3 Applicability.

§ 297-4 Violations and penalties.

§ 297-5 Zoning Map.

§ 297-6 Compliance required.

§ 297-7 Severability.

§ 297-8 Conflicting regulations.

§ 297-9 Rules of construction.

§ 297-10 through § 297-20. (Reserved)

Article II General Provisions

§ 297-21 Interpretation of zone boundaries.

§ 297-22 Lots divided by zoning boundary lines.

§ 297-23 Amendments to the Official Zoning Map.

§ 297-24 Computation of time.

§ 297-25 General lot requirements.

§ 297-26 General yard requirements.

§ 297-27 Exceptions and modifications to minimum height requirements.

§ 297-28 Visibility at intersecting roads.

§ 297-29 Accessory uses and structures.

§ 297-30 Temporary uses.

§ 297-31 Smoke standards.

§ 297-32 Noise.

§ 297-33 Air pollution standards.

§ 297-34 Disposal of liquid wastes.

§ 297-35 Electrical disturbance or interference.

§ 297-36 Hazardous materials storage near railroad tracks.

§ 297-37 Change in use.

§ 297-38 Transportation element of Comprehensive Plan.

§ 297-39 Expiration of home occupation and cottage industry permits.

§ 297-40 Scenic and/or historic roads.

§ 297-41 through § 297-48. (Reserved)

Article III Definitions and Interpretations

§ 297-49 Word usage; definitions.

§ 297-50 through § 297-60. (Reserved)

Article IV Permissible Uses

§ 297-61 Use of designations P, PC and SE in Table of Permissible Uses.

§ 297-62 Permissible uses and specific exclusions.

§ 297-63 Table of Permissible Uses.

§ 297-64 through § 297-74. (Reserved)

Article V Residential Density

§ 297-75 Residential density.

§ 297-76 through § 297-86. (Reserved)

Article VI Base Zone Regulations

§ 297-87 AC Agricultural Conservation Zone.

§ 297-88 Rural zones.

§ 297-89 Village zones.

§ 297-90 Development district residential zones.

§ 297-91 Commercial zones.

§ 297-92 Industrial zones.

§ 297-93 Planned Unit Development (PUD) Zone.

§ 297-94 Waterfront Planned Community (WPC) Zone.

§ 297-95 Core Mixed-Use Zones.

§ 297-96 Utility transmission lines.

§ 297-97 Activity center zones.

§ 297-98 through § 297-100. (Reserved)

Article VII Planned Development Zone Regulations

§ 297-101 Objectives.

§ 297-102 General regulations.

§ 297-103 Master plan.

§ 297-104 Approval.

§ 297-105 Planned Residential Development (PRD) Zone.

§ 297-106 Mixed Use (MX) Zone.

§ 297-107 Planned Employment and Industrial Park (PEP) Zone.

§ 297-108 Planned Manufactured Home Park (PMH) Zone.

§ 297-109 Design guidelines and requirements.

§ 297-110 Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Zone.

§ 297-111 through § 297-114. (Reserved)

Article VIII (Reserved)

§ 297-115 through § 297-125. (Reserved)

Article IX Critical Area Zone (Overlay Zone)

§ 297-126 Purpose; statutory authority.

§ 297-127 Applicability.

§ 297-128 Definitions of terms applicable to Critical Area Zone.

§ 297-129 Official Critical Area Zone Maps and zone designations.

§ 297-130 Lots of record in Critical Area Zone; grandfather provisions.

§ 297-131 Critical Area Buffer regulations.

§ 297-132 Development standards.

§ 297-133 Site plans.

§ 297-134 Growth allocation (GA).

§ 297-135 Critical Area violations.

§ 297-136 Critical area administrative variance.

§ 297-137 Habitat protection areas and plans.

§ 297-138 through § 297-145. (Reserved)

Article X Highway Corridor (Overlay Zone)

§ 297-146 Purposes.

§ 297-147 Establishment of zones.

§ 297-148 Affected development.

§ 297-149 Architectural standards.

§ 297-150 Access standards.

§ 297-151 Road buffer standards.

§ 297-152 Retention of natural buffers along road rights-of-way.

§ 297-153 Exemptions from buffer standards.

§ 297-154 Permitted activity in road buffer before and after development.

§ 297-155 through § 297-166. (Reserved)

Article XI Resource Protection Zone (RPZ) (Overlay Zone)

§ 297-167 Purpose.

§ 297-168 Scope.

§ 297-169 Application.

§ 297-170 Resource Protection Zone delineation.

§ 297-171 Minimum stream Buffer widths.

§ 297-172 Buffer adjustments for adjacent nontidal wetlands, one-hundred-year floodplains and steep slopes.

§ 297-173 Use restrictions.

§ 297-174 Permitted uses.

§ 297-175 Open space credit.

§ 297-176 Extension of RPZ.

§ 297-177 Adjustment of zone.

§ 297-178 Plans and plats information.

§ 297-179 Construction staking.

§ 297-180 Enforcement.

§ 297-181 Performance bond.

§ 297-182 RPZ variance provisions.

§ 297-183 through § 297-192. (Reserved)

Article XII Airport (Overlay Zone)

§ 297-193 through § 297-209. (Reserved)

Article XIII Minimum Standards for Special Exceptions and Uses Permitted With Conditions

§ 297-210 General provisions.

§ 297-211 Alphabetical listing.

§ 297-212 Uses corresponding with Table of Permissible Uses.

§ 297-213 through § 297-218. (Reserved)

Article XIV Cluster Development

§ 297-219 Purpose.

§ 297-220 General requirements.

§ 297-221 Residential dwelling types.

§ 297-222 Design requirements.

§ 297-223 Cluster open space.

§ 297-224 Review procedures for cluster developments.

§ 297-225 Required findings.

§ 297-226 (Reserved)

§ 297-227 Amendment of approved cluster developments.

§ 297-228 Cluster development requirement charts.

§ 297-229 through § 297-239. (Reserved)

Article XV Moderately Priced Dwellings

§ 297-240 Intent.

§ 297-241 Applicability.

§ 297-242 Requirements.

§ 297-243 Density bonus.

§ 297-244 through § 297-254. (Reserved)

Article XVI Adequate Public Facilities Requirements

§ 297-255 Purpose.

§ 297-256 Adequate public facilities required.

§ 297-257 Roads.

§ 297-258 Schools.

§ 297-259 Sewerage system.

§ 297-260 Water supply system.

§ 297-261 Fire suppression for rural areas.

§ 297-262 Stormwater management facilities.

§ 297-263 Adequate public facilities study.

§ 297-264 Mitigation.

§ 297-265 Bonding or surety.

§ 297-266 Standards, criteria and procedures for adequate public facilities studies.

§ 297-267 through § 297-276. (Reserved)

Article XVII Transferable Development Rights (TDRs) in Designated Agricultural Land Preservation Districts

§ 297-277 Introduction.

§ 297-278 Definitions.

§ 297-279 TDR sending areas; properties assigned transferable development rights.

§ 297-280 Ability to transfer development rights.

§ 297-281 Certificate of development options or rights.

§ 297-282 Instrument of transfer.

§ 297-283 Effect of transfer.

§ 297-284 TDR receiving area; use of transferable development rights.

§ 297-285 Approval of development using transferable development rights.

§ 297-286 Final approval of use.

§ 297-287 through § 297-296. (Reserved)

Article XVIII Site Design

§ 297-297 Purpose.

§ 297-298 General site design standards.

§ 297-299 Landscaping and tree planting standards.

§ 297-300 Lot coverage.

§ 297-301 Road and sidewalk requirements in subdivided and unsubdivided developments.

§ 297-302 Access standards for arterial roads.

§ 297-303 Utility ownership and easement rights.

§ 297-304 Utilities to be consistent with internal and external development.

§ 297-305 Lighting requirements.

§ 297-306 Lighting standards.

§ 297-307 Sites for and screening of dumpsters.

§ 297-308 Public transit accommodations.

§ 297-309 through § 297-318. (Reserved)

Article XIX Signs

§ 297-319 General provisions.

§ 297-320 Signs requiring neither permit nor payment of a fee.

§ 297-321 Prohibited signs.

§ 297-322 Signs requiring permit but no fee.

§ 297-323 Computations.

§ 297-324 Standards for specific types of signs.

§ 297-325 Event signs.

§ 297-326 Maintenance of signs and permits.

§ 297-327 Nonconforming signs.

§ 297-328 Real estate signs.

§ 297-329 through § 297-334. (Reserved)

Article XX Parking Facilities

§ 297-335 Number of parking spaces required.

§ 297-336 Parking space dimensions.

§ 297-337 Required widths of aisles and driveways.

§ 297-338 General design requirements.

§ 297-339 Parking area surfaces.

§ 297-340 Joint use of required parking spaces.

§ 297-341 Satellite parking.

§ 297-342 Special provisions for lots with existing buildings.

§ 297-343 Loading and unloading areas.

§ 297-344 Parking facilities for physically handicapped.

§ 297-345 through § 297-354. (Reserved)

Article XXI Landscaping of Parking Facilities

§ 297-355 Intent.

§ 297-356 Sites affected.

§ 297-357 General design requirements.

§ 297-358 Perimeter landscaping.

§ 297-359 Interior landscaping.

§ 297-360 through § 297-369. (Reserved)

Article XXII Screening and Trees

§ 297-370 Buffer yards.

§ 297-371 through § 297-381. (Reserved)

Article XXIII Buffer Yard Requirements

§ 297-382 Buffer yard standards.

§ 297-383 Plant material.

§ 297-384 Structures.

§ 297-385 Illustrations of buffer yard and buffer yard structures.

§ 297-386 through § 297-396. (Reserved)

Article XXIV Planning Commission

§ 297-397 Powers and duties.

§ 297-398 through § 297-408. (Reserved)

Article XXV Board of Appeals

§ 297-409 Powers and duties.

§ 297-410 Filing fees.

§ 297-411 Notice of hearing.

§ 297-412 Public hearing required.

§ 297-413 Written decision.

§ 297-414 Revisory powers.

§ 297-415 Special exceptions.

§ 297-416 Variances.

§ 297-417 Appeals.

§ 297-418 Expansion or extension of nonconforming uses.

§ 297-419 Appeals to County Commissioners.

§ 297-420 through § 297-428. (Reserved)

Article XXVI Zoning Officer

§ 297-429 Authority; powers and duties.

§ 297-430 Permits required.

§ 297-431 Applications for permits.

§ 297-432 Applications to be complete.

§ 297-433 Permit issuance.

§ 297-434 Permit violations.

§ 297-435 Inspection, supervision during installation.

§ 297-436 through § 297-446. (Reserved)

Article XXVII Amendments

§ 297-447 Text amendments.

§ 297-448 Local map amendments.

§ 297-449 Procedure for amending provisions or conditions established in granting local map amendment.

§ 297-450 through § 297-460. (Reserved)

Article XXVIII Nonconforming Uses

§ 297-461 Introduction.

§ 297-462 Determination of nonconforming situations.

§ 297-463 Developed nonconforming lots.

§ 297-464 Undeveloped nonconforming lots.

§ 297-465 Extension or enlargement of nonconforming situations.

§ 297-466 Repair; maintenance; reconstruction.

§ 297-467 Change in use of property where nonconforming situation exists.

§ 297-468 Abandonment and discontinuance of nonconforming situations.

§ 297-469 through § 297-479. (Reserved)

Article XXIX Transition Provisions

§ 297-480 Approved or pending zoning permits, site plans or building permits.

§ 297-481 Approved or pending preliminary plats.

§ 297-482 Board of Appeals approvals.

§ 297-483 Zoning in effect prior to effective date of this chapter.

§ 297-484 through § 297-496. (Reserved)

Article XXX Development Rights and Responsibilities Agreements

§ 297-497 Purpose.

§ 297-498 Authority.

§ 297-499 Applicability.

§ 297-500 Contents of development rights and responsibilities agreement.

§ 297-501 Referral to Planning Commission.

§ 297-502 Public hearing by County Commissioners.

§ 297-503 Amendment of agreements.

§ 297-504 Termination of agreements; suspension.

§ 297-505 Applicable laws, regulations and policies.

§ 297-506 through § 297-518. (Reserved)

Article XXXI Historic Preservation Commission

§ 297-519 Purpose.

§ 297-520 Statutory authority.

§ 297-521 Definitions of terms applicable to historic area zoning.

§ 297-522 Historic Preservation Commission.

§ 297-523 Powers and duties.

§ 297-524 Designation.

§ 297-525 Application for certificate of approval and Commission review.

§ 297-526 Delegation of certificate of approval to staff.

§ 297-527 Routine maintenance.

§ 297-528 Minimum maintenance.

§ 297-529 Maryland Historical Trust.

§ 297-530 Appeals.

§ 297-531 Severability.

§ 297-532 Transition provisions.