The Comprehensive Planning Division is responsible for a variety of planning areas including both long range county-wide and small area planning; historic preservation planning, transportation planning; and capital facilities planning including water and sewer, roads and schools. The Comprehensive Planning Division maintains and updates the St. Mary's County Comprehensive Plan and the Lexington Park Development District Master Plan. The division assists the Planning Commission in preparing its Annual Report.
The historic preservation program implements the plan adopted by the Board of County Commissioners in March of 2000, entitled "Painting a Self Portrait: A Historic Preservation Plan for St. Mary's County". Copies of the adopted plan are available from the Department of Land Use and Growth Management. The Historic Preservation Commission provides oversight of on-going programs.
Planning the infrastructure to support growth includes preparing and implementing a Comprehensive Water and Sewerage Plan, tracking the capacity of schools and roadways.
The 2010 Census identified the Lexington Park - California - Chesapeake Ranch Estates region as an Urbanized Area mandating these areas to form a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). The Calvert-St. Mary's MPO (C-SMMPO) (https://www.calvert-stmarysmpo.com/) coordinates transportation planning between, through and around this Urbanized Area, as it pertains to projects that receive state and federal funding. The C-SMMPO carries out planning activities for the Urbanized Area in order to comply with the required MPO designation and to achieve federal, state and local planning goals.
- Maryland Department of Planning
- Maryland Department of the Environment
- State Data Center
- U.S. Census Bureau
- American Planning Association
- Maryland Chapter APA
- Department of Public Works and Transportation
- Tri County Council for Southern Maryland (TCC)
LUGM DivisionsComprehensive Planning
Online ResourcesAnnual Report
GIS and Zoning Maps
Historic Preservation Plan
LPDD Master Plan
North County Town Center Plan
Project Status Lookup
Water & Sewage Plan
OrdinancesBuilding Code Electrical Code
Rental - Minimum Livability Code
General InformationCustomer Service Guides
Customer Service Questionnaire
Document Printing Fees
Forms and Documents
Office Hours & Directions
Board of Appeals
Technical Evaluation Committee