NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
Notice is hereby given that the Caroline County Planning Commission will hold a PUBLIC HEARING on Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in the Health and Public Service Building, Room 111, 403 S. Seventh Street, Denton, relative to the following:
For the purpose of amending Chapter 175 – Zoning of the Code of Public Local Laws of Caroline County, Maryland (the “Code”); providing for the repeal of the Official Zoning District Maps of Caroline County, Maryland (the “Zoning District Maps”) and the adoption of new Zoning District Maps, with certain amendments to Zoning District Map Nos. 2, 5, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 33, 53, 55, 59, 61 and 65; providing for certain changes to the zoning district classifications for certain properties; and generally relating to Zoning District Maps in Caroline County.
Any citizens wishing to be heard are invited to attend the public hearing. For further information contact the Caroline County Department of Planning and Codes at 410-479-8100 or through the Maryland Relay Service for hearing and speech impaired persons at 1-800-735-2258. Anyone needing reasonable accommodations for a disability in order to attend the public hearing should notify the Department of Planning and Codes by Friday, June 7, 2013.
John Schmidt, Chairman
Caroline County Planning Commission
Published in the Times-Record the weeks of May 29 and June 5, 2013
The EPA Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule (RRP) Program
The EPA Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Program Rule (RRP) is a federal
regulatory program aimed at protecting children against the hazards associated
with disturbing Lead-based paint during renovation, repair and painting
activities. This program calls for workers to be trained by an EPA
Accredited Training Provider to use lead-safe work practices and requires
companies to be EPA-certified and became effective April 22, 2010. The rule
applies to renovations performed for compensation in pre-1978 residential
housing and/or child-occupied facilities. Child occupied facilities are
defined as any pre-1978 residential, commercial or public facility where
children under the age of 6 are regularly present, (i.e. elementary schools,
day care centers, pediatric hospital wards, etc). Under the rule there are
other obligations which Certified Firms must perform. The rule also requires
that consumers be given an EPA publication on lead-safe work practices,
entitled "Renovate Right."
The rule covers any person who performs renovation for compensation,
including: Construction and renovation contractors, Window replacement
contractors, Electricians, Plumbers, Painters, and other specialty contractors,
Property managers and their staff, Handymen and the rule also applies to
Landlords who perform repairs themselves (rent is considered to be
compensation). Homeowners doing work on their personal residence are not
covered by the rule.
To learn about the RRP go to: www.epa.gov/getleadsafe.
Additional information on lead is also available at
www.epa.gov/lead or from the National
Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD.
New Code Change Effective January 1, 2012
On October 18, 2011 the County Commissioners of Caroline County, Maryland
adopted by resolution #2011-019 the 2011 National Electrical Code (NEC)
for Caroline County. All permits issued before the effective date of
the resolution will be inspected using the 2008 National Electrical Code.
The 2011 NEC addresses several topics of current interest including
chapters covering Solar Photovoltaic Systems, Fuel Cell Systems, Electric
Vehicle Charging Systems, and Small Wind Systems. If you have any
questions regarding this code change please contact the Department of
Planning & Codes at 410-479-8100.
Residential Fire Sprinkler Disclosure Form
On February 15, 2011 the Caroline County Commissioners adopted Legislative Bill
#2010-4 which became effective April 2, 2011, requiring that all home builders
offer consumers the option of having a fire sprinkler system installed in their
new home. The law protects the consumer's right to accept or decline the
builder's offer to install a fire sprinkler system, and applies to all stick-built
and manufactured single family dwellings. Effective January 1, 2011, all
modular, two-family and multi-family dwellings are required to have
a fire sprinkler system installed in accordance with accordance with the State
of Maryland Building Performance Standards.
To learn more read the full information sheet here.
Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps
FEMA is in the process of issuing Digital Flood Insurance Rate
Maps (DFIRMs) for the State of Maryland. Caroline County is
scheduled to have preliminary DFIRMs in August 2012; the target
effective date for the DFIRMs is June 2013. The following link
provides additional information about the DFIRM project for
communities and homeowners: www.mdfloodmaps.net.
Attorney General's Office Initiates Guaranty Fund Collection
The General Assembly has established a Home Builder Guaranty Fund to
protect consumers, similar to the fund operated by the Maryland Home
Improvement Commission. The Guaranty Fund will be available to
consumers who have contracted with a registered home builder and who
suffer an "actual loss" due to incomplete construction, breach of
warranty, failure to meet standards or guidelines, or failure to
return a deposit. Claims against the Guaranty Fund will be limited
to $50,000 per claimant and $300,000 per builder. The Guaranty Fund
applies only to contracts entered into after January 1, 2009. The
Guaranty Fund will be funded through a $50 fee to be paid with each
application for a new home construction permit, which the permit
office began collecting January 1, 2009. The Guaranty Fund fee is
Flood Protection Information
The Department of Planning & Codes has prepared a document with information
about Flood Protection