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Program Description

  Land Development

The Land Development Program is responsible for ensuring the protection of the County's land and water resources and for the protection of the environment and the safety of residents and businesses through its engineering and inspection functions related to stormwater management; sediment control; floodplain management; special protection areas; well-and-septic systems approval; storm drain design and construction; roadside tree protection; tree canopy enhancement; record plat approval; fire department access; and compliance and work in the public right-of-way.

Program Contacts

Contact Barbara Suter of the Department of Permitting Services at 240.777.6244 or Alison Dollar of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2769 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY17Actual FY18Estimated FY19Target FY20Target FY21
Right-of-way Permits -- DPS average review time (in days) 15.844.74555
Sediment Control Permits - DPS average review time (in days)23.0619.45252525
Septic Permits -- DPS average review time (in days)27.1818.95101010
Well Permits -- DPS average review time (in days)15.6312.53101010
Record Plats -- DPS average review time (in days)6.72.3777
Sediment Control Enforcement -- Percentage of Inspections in compliance with code/law94.9%94.9%95%95%95%
Successful Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Delegation of Review of Sediment Control and Storm-Water ManagementN/AYesN/AYes
1  Projections are dependent upon volumes of work, other tasks, staffing, and staff availability. It is our estimation of an outside reasonable commitment that can be met under varying work volumes and circumstances. When performance indicators are specified in days, they are calendar days and not work days.

Program Budget Changes

FY20 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY19 Approved835052763.25
Increase Cost: MLS III- Sediment Control Land Development1313791.00
Decrease Cost: Charges for Lab Services for Asphalt Testing-192400-0.75
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.2787180.00
FY20 Approved856822463.50