About the Bill
The Maryland General Assembly passed Senate Bill 236, the Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012 (i.e. the Septic Bill) during the 2012 legislative session. The goal of the legislation is as follows: To limit the disproportionate impacts of large subdivisions on septic systems on our farm and forest land, streams, rivers and Chesapeake and Coastal Bays.
4 Tiers of Land Use SB 236 establishes 4 tiers of land use categories to identify where major and minor residential subdivisions may be located and what type of sewerage (individual septic or public sewer) will serve them. The mapping will reflect the recent revisions to community growth area boundaries, zoning, and water/sewer classifications adopted in September 2012. The draft tier mapping has been prepared by staff with consultation by the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP). Since the tier mapping will be applied within the municipalities the draft mapping has been coordinated with the respective municipal planners.
Revisions & Public Comment
The BoCC held a public meeting on February 26, 2013 to address the state comments on the previously adopted Growth Tier Map from December 20, 2012. A revised Growth Tier Map, that addressed the MDP comments, was presented and subsequently adopted by the BoCC to replace the December 20th version.
Tier IV Exemption
The county will be submitting a request for the Tier IV exemption, which if approved by the MDP would allow major subdivisions (6 or more lots) on septic in Tier IV.