Mayor Craig A. Moe has announced the upcoming release of the City’s first Unified Land Development Code, with review by the City of Laurel Planning Commission scheduled for the Fall of this year. The Planning Commission will make recommendation to the Mayor and City Council at the conclusion of its review and public hearings.
The City, already in the forefront of Smart Growth procedures and policies, will bring together numerous laws and ordinances to streamline the planning and development processes. The new Code will place regulations such as the Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Regulations, Forest Conservation, Landscape Manual, and other regulations within one Chapter of the City Code. “This does not make our laws and ordinances easier, it simply makes them more transparent and easier to use and understand”, said Mayor Moe.
The Mayor and City Council are embracing the State’s Smart Growth and Sustainable Growth policies as the City continues to plan for redevelopment of targeted areas, as well as promoting Main Street revitalization and development around the MARC rail station.
The Draft Land Development Code will be available on-line at the City’s’ web page (www.laurel.md.us) in July 2010. Mayor Moe encourages City residents and those that do business with the City to review the Draft Code and participate in the review and approval process. He said he welcomes and encourages input from the community.
Public Hearings will be held by both the Planning Commission and the Mayor and City Council on the proposed Code during the adoption process. The dates of the public hearings will be announced on the City’s web site.
For Immediate Release
July 14, 2010
Contact: James Collins, Public Information Officer
301-725-5300, ext. 244
E-Mail: [email protected]