Pending Legislation

The County Commissioners serve both the legislative and executive functions of local government.

Legislative Bill #2017-4, Chapter 166 - Taxation - Business Personal Property Taxation


An Act amending and supplementing Bill #2014-4; An Act concerning business personal property taxation; Forthe purpose of purpose of amending Chapter 166 of the Code of Public Local Laws of Caroline County, Maryland; By repealing and re-enacting Article XII to exempt certain classes of personal property from being subject to county property tax pursuant to Section 7-510 of the Tax- Property Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland; specifying the classes of personal property subject to taxation; providing that this title be deemed a fair summary of this public local law for all purposes; and relating generally to personal property taxation in Caroline County, Maryland.

The public hearing will be held on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 beginning at 9:15 AM in the County Commissioners Hearing Room #106, Courthouse, 109 Market Street, Denton, Maryland.  All interested persons are encouraged to attend.  Questions and comments will be solicited at that time. 

Written comments may be submitted in advance of the hearing to the County Commissioners Office, Courthouse, 109 Market Street, Room 123, Denton, Maryland 21629 or info@carolinemd.org.  For further information or questions, contact Sara Visintainer, Chief of Staff, at 410.479.0660, or via the Maryland Relay Service for persons with a hearing or speech disability at 7-1-1.  Persons with a disability needing reasonable accommodation to attend the hearing should notify the County Commissioners Office three days prior to the hearing.   
 

Ordinance #2017-2, Chapter 175 - Zoning - Solar Energy Systems


An Act concerning Solar Energy Systems in Caroline County; For the purpose of revising the Zoning chapter to permit and provide conditions for Accessory and Commercial Solar Energy Systems; By repealing and reenacting, with amendments, and transferring §175-85 to §175-46 of the Code of Public Local Laws of Caroline County and By renumbering §175-86 to §175-85 of the Code of Public Local Laws of Caroline County, Maryland.

The public hearing will be held on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 beginning at 6:15 PM in the County Commissioners Hearing Room #106, Courthouse, 109 Market Street, Denton, Maryland.  All interested persons are encouraged to attend.  Questions and comments will be solicited at that time.  

Written comments may be submitted in advance of the hearing to the County Commissioners Office, Courthouse, 109 Market Street, Room 123, Denton, Maryland 21629 or info@carolinemd.org.  For further information or questions, contact Sara Visintainer, Chief of Staff, at 410.479.0660, or via the Maryland Relay Service for persons with a hearing or speech disability at 7-1-1.  Persons with a disability needing reasonable accommodation to attend the hearing should notify the County Commissioners Office three days prior to the hearing.   

Ordinance #2017-3, Chapter 175 - Zoning - Special Use Exceptions, Site Plan Approval 


An Act concerning Special Use Exceptions in Caroline County; For the purpose of clarifying that Special Use Exceptions are subject to Minor or Major Site Plan approval; By adding to §175-143 of the Code of Public Local Laws of Caroline County, Maryland.

The public hearing will be held on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 beginning at 6:15 PM in the County Commissioners Hearing Room #106, Courthouse, 109 Market Street, Denton, Maryland.  All interested persons are encouraged to attend.  Questions and comments will be solicited at that time.  

Written comments may be submitted in advance of the hearing to the County Commissioners Office, Courthouse, 109 Market Street, Room 123, Denton, Maryland 21629 or info@carolinemd.org.  For further information or questions, contact Sara Visintainer, Chief of Staff, at 410.479.0660, or via the Maryland Relay Service for persons with a hearing or speech disability at 7-1-1.  Persons with a disability needing reasonable accommodation to attend the hearing should notify the County Commissioners Office three days prior to the hearing.   


Commissioners Enact Solar Moratorium, Create Work Groups



*Please note: The Solar Workgroups have concluded their charge, with the introduction of Legislative Bill #2017-4 and Ordinance #2017-2 (see above).  The information in this section will remain up until both pieces of legislation have completed the legislative process*

 The Commissioners have enacted a temporary moratorium on certain solar development in order to update the County Code's existing requirements in light of changing technology, changing consumer demands,and changed to existing infrastructure in the County, and to evaluate the taxing, siting and construction of additional solar energy systems. 

The Commissioners have created two Work Groups, one primarily focused on land use issues, and one primarily focused on issues related to taxation. These groups have up to six months to study these matters, finalize their recommendations, and propose policy changed to better achieve the goals expressed in the Caroline County Comprehensive Plan before additional development occurs that may be contrary to the goals of the Plan. It is the Commissioners' intention that the County work as quickly as possible in order to provide some certainty to both the industry and property owners, as well as the winder community. 

The Land Use Work Group is primarily comprised of residents, and chaired by the Director of the Department of Planning and Codes. It includes representation from the solar industry, as well as the Farm Bureau, conservation groups, power distribution, property owners, and the Planning Commission. The Taxation work group is largely comprised of internal County staff, as well the local Supervisor of Assessments from the State Department of Assessments and Taxation 

All meeting of the Work Groups will be open to the public, and can be found on the Main Calendar. Agendas and minutes are available in the Agenda Center. (scroll down to Solar Moratorium Work Group)

Questions regarding the Temporary Moratorium can be referred to the Chief of Staff, Sara Visintainer or 410-479-0660. 

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