A local government may use a portion of its growth allocation to change a designation from Resource Conservation Area to either Limited Development Area or Intensely Developed Area or to change a Limited Development Area to an Intensely Developed Area.
The following limitations apply to a local government’s use of growth allocation:
Each jurisdiction within the Critical Area implements its own local program. Through its oversight role, the Critical Area Commission ensures that the proper amount of growth allocation acreage is deducted from a jurisdiction’s reserve and that Habitat Protection Areas are properly identified and protected. Locational decisions are the purview of the local jurisdiction.
This new publication was developed to assist homeowners with planting and maintaining shoreline Buffers. It includes lots of information about the importance of the Critical Area Buffer and includes Buffer Management Plans that can be used to satisfy Buffer planting requirements for new construction on waterfront lots.
For general questions ...
... or information about the Critical Area Program or questions relating to State oversight of local programs, e-mail Mary Owens or call 410-260-3480.