What is the Natural Resource District, and how will it affect my property?
These are environmentally sensitive areas which contain valuable wildlife and plant habitat and also help to protect the water quality of local streams and ultimately, the Chesapeake Bay. The Natural Resource District (NRD) includes non-tidal wetlands and the associated 75 foot buffer and slopes in excess of 25% for an area exceeding 40,000 square feet as well as streams and their associated 75 or 150 foot buffers. The NRD area is delineated on all record plats approved by the county.

The Zoning Ordinance does not allow this area to be disturbed. This means that construction, grading, clearing and filling activities or intensive cultivation of the area for landscaping or garden use is not permitted. No sheds, garages, patios, decks, gazebos or swimming pools will be allowed within any area designated as a NRD. Over the long term, these activities may damage the resources intended to be protected. However, necessary utilities of water and sewer lines or roads may be permitted.

Subject to the requirements of your Homeowners' Association covenants, fencing is the only structure which will be permitted within this NRD area. You may also mow existing grass areas and perform normal yard maintenance. The planting of additional native trees, shrubs and plant materials is also permitted and encouraged, but it is recommended that the use of fertilizers and pesticides be limited due to the environmental sensitivity of these areas. Please call 410-638-3103 for more information.

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