Baltimore County's
Comprehensive Zoning Map Process (CZMP)

"The CZMP takes place every four years on a schedule specified in the County Code. Any citizen or organization may request a zoning change on any property in the County. The permitted use for a property is determined by its zoning classification.  Changing the zoning classification on a property may change the permitted uses and the intensity of those uses. The potential for land use changes makes it important to be an active participant in the CZMP process."

Visit the Baltimore County CZMP Website for more information.

NCP's Efforts for CZMP 2016
Once again, NCP is preparing background information concerning environmenal and development issues which must be taken into consideration in decision-making on issues submitted for CZMP 2016.  

NCP's Efforts for previous CZMPs

In preparation for the CZMP 2012, NCP assembled a GIS database of environmental information to support those interested in evaluating rezoning options. This supplemented the County's myneighborhood web site which went through a major revision in 2011. Click below for a copy of our July 19, 2011 presentation. A total of 71 issues for District 3 have been submitted. NCP evaluated these and merged the Issue data with our environmental database in order to make it easier for users to compare the various data sources.

The final decisions were made on August 28, 2012 and are posted here.


Color Baltimore County Green Through CZMP
Color Baltimore County green!! Every four years, preservationists can identify strategic properties to be downzoned to protect our natural environment. Time is of the essence!!

CZMP and Native Brook Trout in Baltimore County
Native brook trout are disappearing from streams in Baltimore County. This is a problem not only for sports fishermen, but this indicator species shows that the County’s streams are suffering from the effects of development. Like canaries in a mine, suffering brook trout indicate that water quality has deteriorated and that the other species depending on the same habitat are also suffering. This report identifies the possible impact of zoning changes in the upcoming CZMP on brook trout.

Zoning to Enhance Maryland's Green Infrastructure
In support of the 2008 Comprehensive Zoning Map Process (CZMP), the North County Preservation issued reports summarizing research about the environmental and quality of life issues which zoning decisions impact. These reports, in conjunction with North County Preservation's CZMP Geographic Information System (GIS), helped Baltimore County residents assess proposed zoning changes in terms of their environmental and quality of life impacts. This report concerns the Maryland Green Infrastructure, as identified by Maryland's Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

NCP's Material from CZMP 2008
In support of the Comprehensive Zoning Map Process (CZMP) in 2008, the North County Preservation also produced a Geographic Information System (GIS) showing numerous environmental factors in relation to the requested rezonings and provided detailed information about specific issues, which are available here. This information helped Baltimore County residents assess proposed zoning changes in terms of their environmental and quality of life impacts.

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