KENT COUNTY, MARYLAND

EXECUTIVE BRANCH

PLANNING

ORIGIN & FUNCTIONS


DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING, HOUSING, & ZONING

The Department of Planning, Housing, and Zoning originated as the Department of Planning and Zoning, and reformed under its present name in 2006.

Matters relating to planning and zoning are governed by both State and County laws. The Maryland Forest Conservation Act, for example, requires all county governments to adopt local forest conservation programs (Chapter 255, Acts of 1991; Code Natural Resources Article, secs. 5-1601 through 5-1613).

The Department oversees five divisions: Community Planning, Critical Areas, Enforcement, Housing, and Inspections and Permits. The Department is aided by the Agricultural Preservation Advisory Board, the Planning Commission, and the Board of Zoning Appeals.

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