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(Sectional Map Amendment, House Bill 1253)
Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Mapping Update
The Chesapeake Bay Critical Area (CBCA) encompasses land that is within 1,000 feet of the mean high-tide line of streams and rivers in the State of Maryland. In Prince George’s County, the CBCA is located on the land adjacent to the tidal portions of the Anacostia, Potomac, and Patuxent Rivers within an overlay zone. House Bill 1253 was passed in 2008 to update the boundaries of the CBCA, because the boundaries have not been updated since they were originally established in the 1980s using 1972 paper maps. The process that will be used to update the map in Prince George’s County is the “stand-alone” sectional map amendment (SMA) process, where the SMA consists of only the map and not a master or sector plan. This process involves an initiation of the project by the Planning Board with the County Council’s concurrence via a council resolution.
On April 10, 2014, the Prince George’s County Planning Board initiated an SMA for the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area (CBCA). The County Council, sitting as the District Council, concurred with the Planning Board's initiation in CR-21-2014 approved on April 22, 2014. On June 12, 2014, the Planning Board held a public hearing and received testimony on the SMA. On June 26, 2014, the Planning Board adopted the SMA and authorized transmittal of the package to the County Council for their consideration. Three Council Bills (CB-64-2014, CB-65-2014 and CB-66-2014) are being considered by the Planning Zoning and Economic Development Committee of the County Council on September 16, 2014. Drafts of the Council Bills under consideration can be found on the county’s Legislative Information System web page: http://lis.princegeorgescountymd.gov/
Public Information Meetings: Public meetings were held on May 13, 2014, in Riverdale and May 14, 2014, in Broad Creek with over 250 people total in attendance. Attendees were provided the opportunity to listen to a presentation about the proposed changes to the CBCA boundary and talk one-on-one with state and Planning Department staff. Forty paper maps were on display around the room showing the proposed boundary changes. Laptop computers contained maps so that staff could easily assist property owners in finding their location to determine whether or not their property will be affected by the boundary change.
Next Opportunity for Input: On September 8, 2014, the County Council held a public hearing on the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Sectional Map Amendment. The record of the hearing is now closed. The next opportunity for input will be when the Council Bills associated with the mapping update have their public hearing on October 28, 2014. The bills can be found on the Prince George’s County Legislative Information System website. The bill numbers are CB-64-2014, CB-65-2014 and CB-66-2014.
Instructions on how to access the Interactive Critical Area Mapping Tool for the Prince George's County map. You will need Internet Explorer 8 or better to view/use this tool.
Questions regarding the state law and mapping should be directed to Lisa Hoerger, 410-260-3460, of the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays Commission staff. Their web site has more information on this project here: http://www.dnr.state.md.us/criticalarea/mapupdate.asp.
General questions regarding the mapping process in Prince George’s County should be directed to the M-NCPPC Planning Department’s Planning Information Services at 301-952-3208.