The Planning and Zoning functions performed by the Department of Economic and Community Development include current and long-range planning, zoning compliance, subdivision and development review.  Planning and Zoning staff is also responsible for the implementation of the City Master Plan.

The City of Laurel Land Development Code provides for twenty-three (23) individual zoning districts organized into five general zoning classifications.  These districts are:

Residential - 10 zoning classes

P-I -- Public Institutional
R-5 -- Single-Family Detached
R-55 -- Single-Family Detached
R-20 -- Single-Family Semi-detached, Two-Family Detached
R-T -- Townhouse
R-30 -- Mulitfamily, Low Density
R-18 -- Multifamily, Medium Density
R-10 -- Multifamily, High Density
R-H -- Multifamily, High Rise
R-MD -- Single-Family, Medium Density

Commercial - 6 zoning classes

C-N -- Commercial Neighborhood
C-C -- Commercial Community
C-G -- Commercial General
C-SH -- Commercial Shopping Center
C-V -- Commercial Village
C-VAC -- Commercial Village Activity Center

Office - 2 zoning classes

O-B -- Office Building
O-B-E -- Office Building

Industrial - 3 zoning classes

I-CS -- Industrial Commercial Services
I-G -- Industrial General
I-RTP -- Industrial Research and Technology Park

Planned Development - 2 zoning classes

PUD-E -- Planned Unit Development Existing
PDA-E -- Planned Development Area Existing

The land development code also provides for Revitalization, Neo-Traditional,  Mixed-Use Transit Oriented and Arts and Entertainment overlay areas to supplement the by-right development options available under the zoning calssification listed above.



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Economic & Community Development

    The Department of Economic and Community Development maintains and oversees the built environment within the City of Laurel. The department is responsible for zoning compliance, subdivision and development review, historic preservation review, economic development, affordable housing, and implementation of the City’s Master Plan. These activities are intended to improve the life quality in the City. Department staff strive to provide these services in a timely and efficient manner while promoting high-quality development which is compliant with State of Maryland regulations and statutes.