Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - Design

1.  Will the sewer line be upgraded or replaced as part of this project? (added 2/12/2019)

No.  Any questions concerning the status of an upgrade or replacement of the sewer line should be directed to Harford County Water and Sewer at (410) 638-3300 or

2.  When will crews begin collecting field data? (update 2/12/2019)

February 2019.  Survey is anticipated to be complete in August 2019.

3.  Will crews need to use motorized vehicles to collect field data?

No, crews will not need motorized vehicles to collect field data.  They will be walking by foot in groups of 2 or 3.  Different crews will visit the site at different times depending on their area of expertise including tree identification, wetland identification, and stream characteristics.  Survey crews will also be updating the survey as well as a full inventory of new areas added to the design.

4.  Are the flagged trees proposed to be cut down? (added 2/13/2019)

No.  Trees are flagged by the field crews as an indication to the surveyors to map the tree location.  All trees with a circumference greater than 12" are mapped.  Only those trees 12" or larger that were not mapped as part of the previous design will be flagged.  Mapping the tree locations allows the engineer to develop a design and construction access that minimizes impacts to larger healthier trees.  Trees proposed to be cut down will be clearly shown on the design plans.  

5. How long will it take to update the design and permits? (updated 9/9/2019)

The design and permits should be completed June 2020 based on an updated schedule provided by the design consultant in September 2019.  A 75% design is anticipated to be available in November 2019 for community review.

6.  What permits are necessary for this type of project? (added 2/12/2019)

  • Harford County Grading Permit
  • Harford County Stormwater Management Waiver
  • Maryland Department of Environment Wetlands and Waterways Permit
  • Maryland Department of Environment General Permit for Stormwater Associated with Construction Activity
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Permit Authorization

7.  Will the design be available for review?

Yes, the design will be available for review, digitally on this webpage or printed copies will be available in our offices at 212 South Bond Street.  Each submittal from the design engineer will be available for review.  Property owners will be notified by email, phone, or mail when the plans are available.