[photo, Charles County Government Building, 200 Baltimore St., La Plata, Maryland]


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).

County Government Building, 200 Baltimore St., La Plata, Maryland, May 2004. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

Formerly, the Department of Planning and Growth Management oversaw four units: Codes, Permits, and Inspection Services; Planning; Resource and Infrastructure Management, and Transportation.

Today, the Department's four divisions include Administrative Operations; Codes, Permits, and Inspection Services; Planning; and Transit. Also, the Department is aided by the Agricultural Preservation Advisory Board; the Agricultural Reconciliation Committee; the Planning Commission; and the Board of [Zoning] Appeals.

The Transit Division began as the Transportation Division under the Department of Community Services, and in July 2010 was renamed the Transportation and Community Programs Division, when it became responsible for programs of the Local Management Board. In July 2016, it reorganized as the Transportation Division and transferred to the Department of Planning and Growth Management. In April 2018, the Division was renamed the Transit Division.

The Division offers public transportation through its VanGO bus service.

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