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Coastal Training Program
Chesapeake Bay
National Estuarine Research Reserve

Providing science-based information, tools, and skills to promote resilient communities and clean and healthy streams, rivers and watersheds of the Chesapeake Bay.

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Protecting Critical Area Resources Through the Project Review Process

Reviewing planning documentssThis half-day workshop will provide local government plan reviewers, permit officials, inspectors, and citizen planners (i.e.  Board of Appeals and Planning Commissions) with practical knowledge about reviewing plans for development projects in Maryland’s Critical Area. Attendees will receive information on the review process needed for more complex subdivisions and site plans including density calculations, forest protection, compliance with the 10% pollutant reduction requirement, and screening for the presence of Habitat Protection Areas.

Speakers will cover:

  • Simple checklists that can be used to review building permits and minor subdivisions in RCA, LDA, and IDA and ensure compliance with the Critical Area Regulations.
  • Types of variance requests, how to avoid unnecessary variance requests, methods to address the variance standards, and making appropriate findings relative to the standards.
  • Online resources such as MDMerlin, MDiMap, and the NRCS Web Soil Survey.

Workshop Agenda

Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Reserve
Chesapeake and Coastal Service
Department of Natural Resources
580 Taylor Ave., E-2
Annapolis MD 21401

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