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Kent County Planning Commission

(Term 5 years - 7 members)

P. Thomas Mason, Commissioner Representative  Elizabeth H. Morris, Chairperson 12/31/20
B. Douglas Megargee 12/31/24 William S. Sutton 12/31/23
James Saunders 12/31/23 Bill Mackey, Director of Planning and Zoning
F. Joseph Hickman 01/06/22 Cynthia McCann, Attorney
Kim Kohl 01/06/22  
Date indicates expiration of term.


General Information

What Does It Do?

The Planning Commission, appointed by the County Commissioners of Kent County, acts as a citizen board for all planning matters. It reviews and approves all major subdivisions and site plans. It makes recommendations to the Board of Zoning Appeals regarding variances and special exceptions. As set forth in the Land Use Article of the Annoted Code of Maryland, the Commission makes recommendations to the County Commissioners on zoning map and zoning text amendments. The Commission may also prepare ordinances and plans for review by the County Commissioners.

Prior to each meeting, the planning staff visits each site and prepares for the commission members a memo on each project which describes the project, the applicable law, applicable sections of the comprehensive plan, relevant issues and comments from the Technical Advisory Committee. It provides a recommendation to the commission on all projects.

When and Where Does it Meet?

The Planning Commission meets the first Thursday of every month at 1:30 PM in the County Commissioners' Hearing Room at 400 High Street in Chestertown. The meetings are open to the public. 



County Commissioners Hearing Room



December 3, 2020

1:30 p.m.

COVID-19 Special Announcement Regarding Meeting Attendance

In response to the State of Emergency, individuals must refrain from attending meetings. Planning Commission meetings are live streamed (, and citizens may call in with questions when the Chair opens the floor for comment.

To participate via Microsoft Teams:

  1. Call 1-872-239-8359
  2. Enter Conference ID: 185 804 291# 

To participate via the Kent County Conference Bridge service:

  1. Call 410-810-2213
  2. Enter PIN number 55266 when prompted.

Please mute your phone / device until the Commission Chair opens the floor for comment. 



November 5, 2020




20-38   CK Property Management, LLC (Greenscapes Land Care, LLC) – Major Site Plan Review (Concept)

11427 Still Pond Road – Second Election District – Crossroads Commercial “CC” .......................................PC Review

(Staff: Rob Tracey)




Zoning Text Amendment (CHR 8-2020) – Establishment of Critical Area Line                       Rec to CCs

(Staff: Carla Gerber)


Zoning Text Amendment (CHR 9-2020) – Amendments to Forest Conservation Provisions    Rec to CCs

(Staff: Carla Gerber)


Chairman Election in January





Meetings are conducted in Open Session unless otherwise indicated.  All or part of the Planning Commission meetings can be held in closed session under the authority of the MD Open Meetings Law by vote of the members.  Breaks are at the call of the Chairman.  Meetings are subject to audio and video recordings.

Projects will not be reviewed prior to their scheduled time.  All applications will be given the time necessary to assure full public participation and a fair and complete review of all projects.  Therefore, the time each application is heard may be later than the time indicated on the agenda.  Agenda items are subject to change due to cancellations. 

Other business without assigned times may be discussed during the course of the meeting. 


Posted Online: November 25, 2020


2019 2020
January January January - no meeting January - no meeting January
February February February February February
March March March March March
April April April April April
May May May May May
June June June June June
July July July July July
August August August August - no meeting August
September September September September September
October October October October - no meeting October
November November November November November
December December December December December

For minutes prior to 2016, please call or email the 

Department of Planning, Housing & Zoning during regular business hours.

Meeting Packets



Originally established 01/24/64 - Article 66B, Section 3.02 of the Annotated Code of Maryland

Meets first Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the County Commissioners'
Hearing Room. $1,200 Chairman; $1,000 Members.


§ 199-2. Composition. [Amended 5-7-1991 by Bill No. 2-91]

The Planning Commission shall consist of seven (7) members as follows:

A. A County Commissioner of Kent County may be appointed by the County Commissioners to serve as an ex officio members. The ex officio member shall vote only in the case of a tie by the six (6) other members.

B. In the event that the Kent County Commissioners appoint a seventh member to serve on the Planning Commission in lieu of a County Commissioner, said member shall be selected on the basis of qualifications and experience, have an unrestricted vote and shall serve no longer than the term of the County Commissioners making the appointment.

C. Six (6) other members shall be appointed by the Kent County Commissioners and shall be selected on the basis of their qualifications and experience.

§ 199-3. Terms

A. The term of office for each of the seven (7) members so appointed shall be five (5) years, or until a successor is appointed and takes office.

B. The ex officio member shall serve for the term of the office to which he was elected, unless replaced by another Commissioner to serve for a part of the term.