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DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The Department of Economic Development started as the Department of Economic and Community Development, which oversaw the Housing Authority. When the Housing Authority became a private entity in July 2012, the Department reorganized as the Department of Economic Development.

The Department is responsible for three divisions: Agriculture and Seafood, Business Development, and Tourism.


DEPARTMENT OF LAND USE & GROWTH MANAGEMENT

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 of Land Use and Growth Management is responsible for six divisions: Administration, Comprehensive Planning, Development Review, Inspections and Enforcement, Permits, and Zoning Administration (Code Local Government Article, sec. 10-324).

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