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Questions?

... or information about the Critical Area Program or questions relating to State oversight of local programs, e-mail us or call 410-260-3460

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Critical Area Commission
1804 West Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

Telephone:410-260-3460
Fax:410-974-5338

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Proposed Regulations

There are currently no regulations proposed in the Maryland Register for review and comment at this time.

Draft Regulations

The following is a list of draft regulations currently under consideration by the Commission for publication in the Maryland Register as proposed regulations.

  1. Renewable Energy Regulations

    The purpose of the regulations is to provide development standards for minor (2 MW or less) and major (greater than 2MW) solar projects in the Critical Area. The regulations do not limit the authority of the Public Service Commission under the Public Utilities Article, §7-207, Annotated Code of Maryland. The regulations include provisions related to buffer disturbance, forest clearing, habitat protection areas, mitigation, and density provisions for location in the Resource Conservation Area of the Critical Area.

  2. Draft Agriculture Regulations​

    The purpose of the regulations is to modernize the drafting style, update, and where necessary, delete certain outdated provisions. Both proposals do not include any additional regulatory requirements of the affected regulated community.

    The Commission staff worked closely with the Department of Agriculture to ensure all updates to the agriculture regulations were correct. Note that the companion agriculture regulations in Subtitle .02 were also updated. There is also a minor update to the definition of “tributary stream” in Subtitle .03 which was overlooked in a previous revision.

If you have questions please contact:​

Lisa Hoerger, Regulations Coordinator
Critical Area Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays
1804 West Street, Suite 100
Annapolis, MD 21401

Telephone: 410-260-3478
Email: lisa.hoerger@maryland.gov
Fax: 410-974-5338