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This page contains all the previous iterations of the draft zoning code.

 

Council Approved Zoning Code, Marked-up Version (March 5, 2014)

This draft shows all the changes made to ZTA 13-04 since its introduction on May 7, 2013. All deletions are indicated by [brackets], and text added to the draft is underlined. Changes are displayed in 3 different colors as noted below.
GREEN font indicates PHED committee changes.
BLUE font indicates plain language edits, corrections, and clarifications made by staff during PHED committee review.
PINK font indicates County Council changes and plain language edits, corrections, and clarifications made by staff during Council review.

 


 

Council Draft: Chapter 59, Clean version (Feb 18, 2014)

 


 
Council Draft: Chapter 59, Marked-up version (February 18, 2014)

This draft shows all the changes made to ZTA 13-04 since its introduction on May 7, 2013. All deletions are indicated by [brackets], and text added to the draft is underlined. Changes are displayed in 3 different colors as noted below.
GREEN font indicates PHED committee changes.
BLUE font indicates plain language edits, corrections, and clarifications made by staff during PHED committee review.
PINK font indicates County Council changes and plain language edits, corrections, and clarifications made by staff during Council review.

 


 

PHED Committee Draft: Chapter 59 (Dec.16, 2013)

This draft includes all the changes made by the PHED committee (in GREEN text), in addition to plain language edits, corrections, and clarifications (in BLUE text). Deletions are indicated by [brackets], and text added to the draft is underlined.

 



Revised Preliminary PHED Committee Draft (Oct 11, 2013)

The draft includes the PHED Committee decisions through September (in GREEN text), in addition to plain language edits, corrections, and clarifications (in BLUE text). Deletions are indicated by [brackets], and text added to the draft is underlined.

 


 
Preliminary PHED Draft (Sept 4, 2013)

 


 

Planning Board Draft (May 2, 2013)

On Thursday, May 2, 2013 the Planning Board approved, and transmitted to the County Council, the following draft of Chapter 59.

Companion Documents (May 2, 2013 draft)

The Planning Board Draft Companion document summarizes the significant changes to the current code. The other documents provide more detailed analysis of specific zones or sections of the code. Detailed use comparison charts for all zones are available here.



 
Revised Preliminary Planning Board Draft (March 13, 2013)



 
Preliminary Planning Board Draft (Dec 21, 2012)

Please note that Article 59-1 (Purpose, Applicability, Use of the Code, and Definitions) is not included because it has not yet been reviewed by the Planning Board. The draft is still a work in progress, so section references have not been updated and elements of the documents below may change as Planning Board review continues.


 
Staff Drafts (Fall/ Winter 2012)

These drafts are included with the staff reports submitted to the Planning Board and reflect changes made to the Consolidated Draft. Documents comparing the current code to the draft code are available here.


 
Consolidated Draft (July 2012)
  • Chapter 59 (Full Document) (9.3MB)
  • Article 59-1. Purpose, Applicability, and Use of the Code(0.14MB)
    Establishes the purpose of the Code; describes what properties and land use elements are controlled by the Code; and provides for how annexed properties are treated, how coordination with other regulations is governed, and how tables, illustrations, and examples are to be interpreted.
  • Article 59-2. Zoning Districts(0.14MB)
    Establishes the various zoning districts used by the County to implement land use policy; the intent of each zoning district; and how zoning maps are completed and to be interpreted.
  • Article 59-3. Uses and Use Standards(0.47MB)
    Provides an allowed Use Table for all zoning districts; defines the use; and provides any use-specific standards that must be complied with in addition to the zoning district and general regulations.
  • Article 59-4. Euclidean Zoning District Regulations(4.4MB)
    Establishes the types of development methods; defines how standards are measured and what exceptions are allowed; and establishes the development regulations and standards for all buildings, structures, and lands for each allowed building type in each Euclidean zoning district.
  • Article 59-5. Floating Zoning District Regulations(.18MB)
    Establishes the development regulations and standards for all buildings, structures, and lands for each allowed building type in each Floating zoning district.
  • Article 59-6. Optional Method Regulations(.61MB)
    Establishes the development regulations and standards for all optional method development, including development with Moderately Priced Dwelling Units, Cluster Development, and development requiring public amenities and benefits in the Commercial/Residential, Employment, and Industrial Zones.
  • Article 59-7. General Development Regulations(3.4MB)
    Establishes the applicability, standards, and regulations for site access; parking, queuing, and loading; open space; recreation facilities; landscaping and lighting; signs; and outdoor storage and display.
  • Article 59-8. Administration and Procedures(0.3MB)
    Establishes the necessary applications and review and approval authorities to administer this Code; the specific rules and requirements required to submit and make a decision on the applications; how nonconforming sites, uses, and structures are treated; and how enforcement is provided.
  • Article 59-9. Definitions(.18MB)
    Establishes the definitions used for specific meanings in this Code.
Companion Document (July 2012 draft)

This companion document to the consolidated draft (.375MB) is organized by Article and highlights changes between the current code and the proposed consolidated draft. In addition to the document there are two appendices – one detailing use changes (1.6MB) and one outlining parking recommendations (.246MB).

 


 
Zoning Advisory Panel Discussion Drafts



 
Preliminary Zoning Advisory Panel Discussion Drafts

 


 
Zoning Discovery and Project Approach & Annotated Outline
 
Current Zoning Ordinance

 

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