The Harford County Development Advisory Committee (DAC) advises the Director of Planning and Zoning regarding major subdivisions and certain other proposed development activities. The DAC is composed of representatives from county, state, and other agencies. DAC meetings are open to the public; those in attendance may provide comments and ask questions regarding projects on the agenda.
At least two weeks prior to a DAC meeting, subject properties are posted with a RED notice stating the date, time and location of the meeting. Meetings notices are also published once a week for two consecutive weeks in at least two publications prior to the DAC meeting. Adjoining property owners receive notice via Certified Mail.
Land development activities, including the subdivision of property or establishment of a new use, require review by the Department of Planning and Zoning and other agencies prior to issuance of a building permit or zoning certificate. Initial review of a proposed project or activity may necessitate submittal of a Concept Plan, Preliminary Plan, or Site Plan. Site Plans required for all nonresidential or multifamily housing uses will be distributed to the Development Advisory Committee and processed accordingly.
The requirement for site plan approval may be waived in instances of a change in use or occupancy where no extensive construction or improvement is proposed. The waiver may be granted only upon a determination that the use will not affect existing drainage, traffic circulation, configuration of buildings, landscaping, buffering, lighting, and other considerations of site plan approval, and the existing facilities do not require significant upgrade or additional site improvements.
Approval of a site plan application waiver does not exempt the applicant from other regulations associated with the development and use of the site. Upon approval, a building permit or zoning certificate may be required.