The Queen Anne’s County Department of Planning & Zoning has been approved by the State Archivist and State Records Administrator to modify the department’s records retention and disposal schedule. This is an effort to reduce the space dedicated to the long term storage of documents in the county.
The Department has been approved to modify the requirements for document retention relating to building permits and construction plans. The department will retain a copy of the building permits and certificates of occupancy in our permanent files. All other documents related to building and zoning files will be retained for 5 years after the issuance of the certificate of occupancy then the department may dispose of the documents. Currently the County Department of Planning & Zoning Permit Division is warehousing approximately 30 years of construction documents.
Any building and zoning files with documents other than building permits and certificates of occupancy older than 5 years will be disposed of on or after July 15, 2013.
If you are interested in obtaining a copy of any of the documents more than 5 years old relating to your property please submit a written request to the Department of Planning and Zoning, 160 Coursevall Drive Centreville, MD 21617. Please include in your request the property address and any related permit information you may have.
Please contact the Department of Planning & Zoning, Permits division at 410-758-4088 for additional information.
Beginning on June 3, 2013 the Queen Anne’s County Permit Division of the Department of Planning & Zoning will be closing the counter to the public at 3:30 p.m. This is a step to more effectively and efficiently move permits through the review and approval process. During the hour between 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. when the counter is closed, the staff will focus on processing the permit applications received that day to insure that every complete permit application is processed and distributed. At this time the permit division will also be focusing their efforts on completing review of permits and coordinating with other review agencies to prepare permits for final approval.
It is also necessary to provide time for training employees on the continuing changes to state regulations that the county employees are required to implement. Using some of this time for training of employees and clarifying the implementation of regulations will result in a more accurate review of permits and minimize delays in the process.
The planning division of the office will remain open until 4:30 p.m. accepting subdivision, site plan and QAC Board of Appeals applications.
In 2012 the permit division accepted and processed more than 2,400 permit applications totaling more than $67 million in construction value. Zoning inspectors conducted 2,300 zoning inspections and responded to 250 Nuisance complaints in 2012. This change is an effort to respond quickly and efficiently to all permit applicants while maintaining the current level of staffing in the permit division.
The Queen Anne’s County Department of Planning and Zoning recently won a prestigious award for producing the county’s 2010 Comprehensive Plan. The Plan won 3rd Place in the “Great Plans” category of a statewide competition sponsored by the Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA).
“Only planners in the state were eligible to vote on the plans therefore it was a particularly high honor to be chosen for this award by professional planners throughout the state,” said Helen M. Spinelli, AICP, Principal Planner for Queen Anne’s County Department of Planning and Zoning.
Commissioner David L. Dunmyer nominated the county for this award. He said the county’s 2010 Comprehensive Plan, adopted September 7, 2010 by the Queen Anne’s County Commissioners, is a landmark document for a jurisdiction of less than 50,000 people. It creates a new standard of preservation through a compromise reached with farmers to preserve their equity in the land, a framework for collaboration with the County’s eight municipalities to share growth through the support of “Town Fringe” annexation areas and to provide for “Sustainable Smart Growth Management Strategy” to allow for an enhanced Transfer Development Rights (TDR) and Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) programs. It creates watershed based planning through a Water Resources Element, the potential preservation of 119,000 acres of agricultural land in the Priority Preservation Element and access to housing that is affordable to all our residents through the Workforce Housing Element. This Plan is truly a comprehensive step forward for Queen Anne’s County, Maryland.
The following vision was the foundation for launching the Plan. It states: “The vision for the future of Queen Anne’s County has remained constant with emphasis on maintaining and enhancing a predominantly rural county with small towns connected by creeks and county roads through fields and forest – a great place to live; – a county that encourages agriculture, seafood and maritime industries, tourism and outdoor sports, small business and high tech enterprise – a good place to work; – a county that is a faithful steward of its natural and cultural heritage – a good neighbor for the Bay and other Eastern Shore counties; – a county in which development by some does not impair the quality of life enjoyed by all – a community that protects the expectations and opportunities of all its citizens; and – a county that supports the highest quality of education to fully prepare its citizens for the future.”