Harford County, MD
 
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Harford County Council by Bill No. 77-27.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 82.
Streets, sidewalks and public works — See Ch. 225.
Zoning — See Ch. 267.
Zoning applications, rules of procedure — See Ch. A274.
[1]
Editor's Note: This legislation was included as Ch. 25, Art. I, of the 1978 Code.
[Amended by Bill No. 77-95]
A. 
2016 Master Plan, Harford NEXT.[1] The 2016 Master Plan, HarfordNEXT, as adopted by County Council Bill 16-016, is hereby declared to be the Official County Master Plan. The 2016 Land Use Element Plan, the 2016 Transportation Plan, The 2016 Natural Resources Element Plan, and the 2016 Historic Preservation Element Plan are hereby incorporated into the 2016 Master Plan, HarfordNEXT and are hereby declared to be part of the Official Harford County Master Plan.
[Amended by Bill Nos. 85-28; 88-24; 88-30; 88-65; 89-73; 90-39; 91-46; 92-95; 93-80; 94-5; 94-78; 94-87; 95-56; 95-76; 96-28; 96-41; 97-7; 98-2; 98-20; 98-39; 99-50; 99-63; 00-6; 00-8; 00-55; 01-29; 01-36; 02-57; 03-13; 04-23; 05-44; 08-34; 09-02; 09-24; 09-46; 10-19; 12-01; 13-13; 13-15; 16-016]
(1) 
Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Management Program. The attached Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Management Program, as enacted by Bill 01-36, along with all maps and appendices, including the amended land use management area maps as enacted by Bill 01-36, is incorporated herein by reference as part of this chapter as though it were fully stated herein, and the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Management Program is hereby declared to be part of the Official Harford County Master Plan.
(2) 
1992 Rural Plan. The Rural Plan, dated December 8, 1992, along with all appendixes, is incorporated herein by reference as part of this chapter as though fully stated herein, and the "1992 Rural Plan" is hereby declared to be part of the Official Harford County Master Plan.
(3) 
2013 Land Preservation, Parks, and Recreation Plan. The 2013 Land Preservation, Parks, and Recreation Plan, along with all appendices, is incorporated herein by reference as part of this chapter as though fully stated herein, and the 2013 Land Preservation, Parks, and Recreation Plan is hereby declared to be part of the official Harford County Master Plan.
[Amended by Bill No. 13-15]
(4) 
January 2000 Edgewood Community Plan. The attached Edgewood Community Plan, dated January, 2000, along with all appendices, is incorporated herein by reference as part of this chapter as though it were fully stated herein, and the January 2000 Edgewood Community Plan is hereby declared to be part of the Official Harford County Master Plan.
(5) 
March 2003 Joppa/Joppatowne Community Plan. The attached Joppa/Joppatowne Community Plan, dated March 2003, along with all appendices, is incorporated herein by reference as part of this chapter as though it were fully stated herein, and the March 2003 Joppa/Joppatowne Community Plan is hereby declared to be part of the Official Harford County Master Plan.
(6) 
Priority Preservation Area Plan. The Priority Preservation Area Plan, dated May 2016, is incorporated herein by reference as part of this chapter as though fully stated herein, and the Priority Preservation Area Plan is hereby declared to be part of the Official Harford County Master Plan.
(7) 
2013 Harford County Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. The 2013 Harford County Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan is incorporated herein by reference as part of this chapter as though fully stated herein, and the 2013 Harford County Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan is hereby declared to be part of the official Harford County Master Plan.
(8) 
2016 Harford County Water Resources Element Plan. The 2016 Harford County Water Resources Element Plan is incorporated herein by reference as part of this chapter as though fully stated herein, and the 2016 Harford County Water Resources Element Plan is hereby declared to be part of the Official Harford County Master Plan.
[1]
Editor's Note: A copy of the Master Plan is available from the County Department of Planning and Zoning.
B. 
Legal status.
(1) 
The Master Plan shall serve as a guide to public and private actions and decisions to ensure the development of public and private property in appropriate relationships. The plan is a basic scheme generally outlining the planning and zoning objectives in the county and is not considered a final document but one that is continually subject to modification in light of the actual land use and development in accordance with the implementing documents. However, areas that may have an existing use contrary to the designations shown in the plan are recognized in the formulation of the plan as having that existing use, and it is the affirmative direction of the plan that the designated land uses shown in the plan are those that the county has affirmatively adopted as the appropriate uses to which that land is to be put in the future. Lands surrounding existing uses that are different from those that are shown in the plan are to be used in the manner shown in the plan and not as an extension of existing uses.
(2) 
Upon the adoption of the plan by the County Council, no street, square, park or other public way, ground or open space or public building or structure or public utility, whether publicly or privately owned, shall be constructed or authorized in the county until the location, character and extent of such development shall have been submitted to and approved by the county as consistent with the plan.
(3) 
The word "shall," when directed toward the county, is to be interpreted to mean that the county is to endeavor to proceed in a specific direction or act in a particular way or proceed in a particular direction as appropriate but shall not be interpreted to mean that it is mandatory for the county to act at a certain time or do a particular thing within a given period of time.