The background information regarding the process and interim products can be found below.
Additional information regarding the Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act can be found on the Maryland Department of Planning’s web site located here.
On November 7, 2012, PZED considered the draft map transmitted by the Planning Board to be implemented by CR-83-2012 and CB-104-2012 , the accompanying Subdivision Bill. Both the map and the Subdivision Bill were voted out of committee.
The map, to be labeled "DR2", reflects the Planning Board's recommendation with one amendment. The Subdivision Bill was revised in draft two (DR2) to define minor residential subdivisions in Tier IV as consisting of up to seven residential lots.
- CB-104-2012 Subdivision Bill – PZED voted to amend the bill to define minor residential subdivisions in SGA Tier IV as no more than seven (7) lots. Council staff prepared an amendment sheet that contains the necessary changes and the non-substantive amendments discussed at the PZED meeting held November 7, 2012.
- CR-83-2012 Council Resolution and Draft Map (DR2) .
The public hearings for CB-104-2012 and CR-83-2012 were held by the Prince George's County Council on November 20, 2012 .
On October 4, 2012, the Prince George’s County Planning Board transmitted to the County Council their recommendation for implementation of the Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012. The recommendation includes a map and a subdivision bill (see below). The subdivision bill includes a revision to the definition of a minor subdivision in Tier IV from four to seven lots and other provisions needed for implementation.
Staff Report (including Draft Subdivision Bill)
On September 13, 2012, the Prince George’s County Planning Board received public comments on the recommendations contained in the staff report. The report contains six appendices that can be accessed at the links below. The next step after Planning Board action is consideration by the County Council this fall.
The deadline for implementation of the Sustainable Growth Act tiers is December 31, 2012.
Additional Background Information
The Maryland General Assembly approved the Sustainable Growth & Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012 (Senate Bill 236), also known as the septics bill, during the 2012 General Assembly session.
SB 236 requires local jurisdictions to establish growth tiers to control the number of new subdivisions on septic fields. The purpose of the bill is to preserve agriculture, control growth in rural areas, and reduce nitrogen deposition, a primary pollutant of the Chesapeake Bay.
Public Meeting Information
At the public meetings held June 20, 2012 and June 27, 2012 the following hand-out was provided as an overview of the bill and its implementation in Prince George’s County:
At both public meetings (6/20 and 6/27) the following hand-out was provided as an overview of the bill and its implementation in Prince George’s County:
Sustainable Growth Act Applicability in Prince George’s County
At the June 27, 2012 public meeting, two documents were requested by the public. First, the status of the Enhanced Nutrient Removal upgrades at the major Waste Water Treatment Plants within the Chesapeake Bay watershed in Maryland (24 of the 67 have been upgraded so far). This document is available on MDE’s website at:
Second, the documentation of the differential nitrogen loads from a new household served by septic versus a new household served by Enhanced Nutrient Removal Waste Water Treatment Plant. This is from the Septics Task Force website (under Research Requests) at: http://planning.maryland.gov/YourPart/septicsTF/meetings.shtml.