KENT COUNTY, MARYLAND

EXECUTIVE BRANCH

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ORIGIN & FUNCTIONS


OFFICE OF ECONOMIC & TOURISM DEVELOPMENT

The Office of Economic and Tourism Development originated as the Office of Economic Development which merged with the Office of Tourism Development in December 2020 to form the Office of Economic and Tourism Development.


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.

HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM
The Housing Choice Voucher Program provides low-income residents with the ability to choose housing that meets their own individual needs. It receives funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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