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Proposed Regulations

Proposed Regulations

This page includes a summary of regulations that are proposed by the Critical Area Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays. Consult the Maryland Register, Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR), and the Natural Resources Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland for full legal text (see link below).

The Critical Area Commission welcomes public comment on proposed regulations. However, only comments provided during the official public comment period specified in the appropriate Maryland Register announcement become part of the official regulatory record. The official public comment period is 30 days after publication of the proposed regulation in the Maryland Register. Receiving comments on proposals provides the Commission with the views of the public regarding the proposed regulation that may be incorporated into content or editorial changes. The Maryland Register notice will provide contact information where all official public comments may be sent.

Interpreting proposed regulations requires some understanding of the convention for reading proposed regulation changes as developed by the Department of State Documents. The convention is as follows:

  • Roman type indicates existing text of the regulation.
  • Italic type indicates proposed new text.
  • [Single brackets] indicate text proposed for deletion. 
  • (text unchanged) indicates none of the text for that section is proposed to be changed.

Regulation Proposal

The Critical Area Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays proposes to make the following changes to COMAR Title 27: 

(1) Amend Regulation .01 under COMAR 27.01.01 General Provisions; 
(2) Amend Regulation .04 under COMAR 27.01.11 Directives for Updating Critical Area Maps
(3) Adopt new Regulations .01—.07 under COMAR 27.01.13 Nonwater-Dependent Projects;
(4) Amend Regulation .01 under COMAR 27.02.01 General Provisions; and 
(5) Amend Regulation .02 under COMAR 27.03.01 Notification of Project Applications

Published in the Maryland Register: December 22, 2107 
Public Comment Period Ends: January 22, 2018 
Scheduled Effective Date: March 12, 2018

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Comments may be submitted by calling, faxing or emailing Lisa Hoerger 410-260-3478 (phone), 410-974-5338 (fax) or lisa.hoerger@maryland.gov.

Purpose of the Changes: 

The purpose of this action is to incorporate into the Code of Maryland Regulations the nonwater-dependent projects provisions found in Environment Article, §16-104, Annotated Code of Maryland, and Natural Resources Article, §8-1808.4, Annotated Code of Maryland, so that local planners and the public can find the requirements in one place in the regulations. The regulations also provide for a process incorporating these provisions into local Critical Area programs. Also, the definition of "pier" is being incorporated into the regulations, one stylistic word change from "shall" to "may" is being proposed, and one update to reflect a change in the statute concerning timing of notice from "next" to "fifth" business day is being proposed.