SOMERSET COUNTY, MARYLAND

EXECUTIVE BRANCH

PLANNING

ORIGIN & FUNCTIONS


ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION

Established in September 1980, the Economic Development Commission works to increase the economic viability and vitality of the County's business community by creating a positive vision for economic growth. It seeks to attract new businesses to the County through a dynamic marketing program with business incentives, and to assist those businesses already here to grow and expand through financing programs and workforce development initiatives. The Commission also encourages the growth of tourism-related activities that take advantage of natural features in the County's water and land terrain.

Appointed by the Board of County Commissioners, the Commission consists of fifteen members who serve three-year terms.


DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING & ZONING

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).

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