The Development Engineering Division (DED) is tasked with ensuring that commercial and residential development projects meet current State and County design requirements. Tasks such as Stormwater Management Design from concept to construction drawings, Road Design, Water and Sewer Design, Noise Evaluation, Adequate Public Facilities Roads Test (APFO) Evaluation, Storm Drain Design, Floodplain Analysis, Stream Restoration, etc., are just some of the areas of responsibility. DED also looks at plan changes through the Redline Revision process, evaluates Design Manual Waivers for construction modifications and substitutions, and provides input to other County agencies when requested. DED also coordinates with outside agencies such as the Howard Soil Conservation District and the Maryland State Highway Administration for all development projects.
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1. Q: When can I submit a Simplified ECP versus an ECP?
A: A Simplified ECP is only for a single lot development in the west or a redline.
2. Q: Are there exemptions from stormwater management?
A: Yes. Additions or modifications to existing single family structures, developments that do not disturb more than 5,000 square feet of land, or agricultural land management activities.
3. Q: Can I submit a waiver for this?
A: Only if the waiver does not negate the intent of the regulations, and it does not adversely impact the public infra-structures and private property owners.
4. Q: Does the county accept gravel driveways?
A: Driveways serving one to six lots shall consist of a minimum standard of six inches of crusher run base with tar and chip coating. All others refer to the Standard Details, Volume IV.
5. Q: If I have a change in use or am expanding an existing commercial building do I need to address APFO road impacts.
A: Yes. Any change in use, additions or expansion of commercial, industrial, apartments or condominiums require that an APFO Roads Test evaluation be provided with the submission.