Community Input Meetings (CIM)

Purpose & Intent

Community Input Meetings are required prior to submission of a concept plan, preliminary plan, or site plan for any proposed development generating 250 or more trips per day or that is determined to be a nontransient noncommunity water system. The Community Input Meeting is intended to facilitate dialogue between the developer and the community regarding the proposed development.  Community Input Meetings are the sole responsibility of the property owner or developer.  

Where & When to Hold Community Input Meetings

Meetings must be held near the site of the proposed development. The meeting shall be scheduled to start between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on weekday evenings, or between 9:00 a.m. and 5 p.m. on a Saturday. The meeting shall not be scheduled within five (5) calendar days before or after a federal holiday.

Notification & Posting

At least two (2) weeks prior to the CIM, the developer shall provide notice of the date, time and location of the community meeting, as well as information about the type of subdivision including the proposed number of units has been provided to the following:

• All adjoining property owners identified in the records of the State Department of Assessment and Taxation, by 1st class mail;
• The Department of Planning and Zoning; and
• The County Council.

At least two (2) weeks prior to the community meeting, the developer shall ensure that notice of the community meeting is published once a week for two (2) consecutive weeks in at least two (2) newspapers generally circulated in Harford County.

The developer shall ensure that the property, which is the subject of the proposed development, is posted with a notice (sign) obtained from the Department of Planning and Zoning. The developer must use reasonable efforts to maintain the notice in a condition visible to the public until the date of the community meeting. 

The notice must include the date, time and location of the community meeting and a brief description of the proposed development, specifying the type of subdivision and number of proposed units. 
The notice must be conspicuously placed on the property near each public road frontage and at such a location that the notice is visible from each public road on which the property fronts.

After the Meeting 

Developers must include certification of mailings and advertisements as required. A summary of comments received by the developer during the community meeting shall be provided to the Department of Planning and Zoning along with the preliminary plan or site plan upon plan submission.

If the developer does not submit a preliminary plan or site plan to the Department of Planning and Zoning within one (1) year of the Community Input Meeting, or if the plan submitted is substantially different than that presented at the community meeting, another meeting will be required.

Specific Requirements

See § 268-20 of the Harford County Code for specific information and requirements regarding Community Input Meetings.

Upcoming Community Input Meetings

For information on planned Community Input Meetings, please refer to the planning and zoning activity tracker .