Additional information regarding the Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act can be found at the Maryland Department of Planning.

Background Information

On November 7, 2012, PZED considered the draft map transmitted by the Planning Board to be implemented by CR-83-2012 (PDF) and CB-104-2012 (PDF), the accompanying Subdivision Bill. Both the map and the Subdivision Bill were voted out of committee.

The map, to be labeled "DR2," reflects the Planning Board's recommendation with one amendment. The Subdivision Bill was revised in draft two (DR2) to define minor residential subdivisions in Tier IV as consisting of up to seven residential lots.
  • CB-104-2012 (PDF) Subdivision Bill - PZED voted to amend the bill to define minor residential subdivisions in SGA Tier IV as no more than 7 lots. Council staff prepared an amendment sheet that contains the necessary changes and the non-substantive amendments discussed at the PZED meeting held November 7, 2012
  • CR-83-2012 (PDF) Council Resolution and Draft Map (DR2) (PDF)
The public hearings for CB-104-2012 (PDF) and CR-83-2012 (PDF) were held by the Prince George's County Council on November 20, 2012.

On October 4, 2012, the Prince George's County Planning Board transmitted to the County Council their recommendation for implementation of the Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012. The recommendation includes a map and a subdivision bill (see below). The subdivision bill includes a revision to the definition of a minor subdivision in Tier IV from four to seven lots and other provisions needed for implementation.

Staff Report (Including Draft Subdivision Bill)

On September 13, 2012, the Prince George’s County Planning Board received public comments on the recommendations contained in the staff report. The report contains six appendices that can be accessed at the links below. The next step after Planning Board action is consideration by the County Council this fall.

The deadline for implementation of the Sustainable Growth Act tiers was December 31, 2012.

Additional Background Information

The Maryland General Assembly approved the Sustainable Growth & Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012 (Senate Bill 236), also known as the septics bill, during the 2012 General Assembly session.

SB 236 requires local jurisdictions to establish growth tiers to control the number of new subdivisions on septic fields. The purpose of the bill is to preserve agriculture, control growth in rural areas, and reduce nitrogen deposition, a primary pollutant of the Chesapeake Bay.