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Making the Community's Vision for Kent County a Reality

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The Department of Planning, Housing, and Zoning is excited to announce that Kent County has embarked on a new initiative to update the Land Use Ordinance (LUO) for the unincorporated areas of the County. The LUO is one of the tools that the County uses to implement its Comprehensive Plan. It guides how development occurs in the unincorporated areas of the County ensuring land uses are compatible and preserve the character of the community.

The current Land Use Ordinance was adopted on December 3, 2002, and following adoption of amendments required by the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Commission, it became effective on October 3, 2003. Although the LUO has been amended over the years, it hasn’t been comprehensively reviewed since its adoption. The Comprehensive Rezoning and Update (CRU) process will include a full review of all LUO text and potential evaluations of every property located in Kent County, but not in any Towns.

The goal of this project is to modernize and update the zoning text and zoning map.


What is the Community's Role?

The updated Zoning Code will reflect the vision for the Kent County community. The Code will also be user friendly, providing easy to understand text and graphics for everyday use. To achieve this, the community will be involved throughout the process, providing input and guidance on the development of the code through meetings and online opportunities. Check out the tabs above to see how you can get involved, view the latest documents, and contact us with any questions or concerns.


What can I do right now?

During a comprehensive rezoning, any citizen can request changes to the text of the Land Use Ordinance and any property owner can request that their property be rezoned to a different district. Under the "Public Input" tab (above), there is a link to an online form that you can use to request text or map changes. 


Still have Questions?

Send email to or call 410-778-7423 (voice/relay).


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Throughout the process, draft documents, reports and other resources will be available to view and download. 

Still have Questions?

Send email to or call 410-778-7423 (voice/relay).



Summary Schedule of Process, v. 9 (October 29, 2020)

Summary Schedule of Process, v. 8 (October 13, 2020)

Summary Schedule of Process, v. 7 (September 30, 2020)

Summary Schedule of Process, v. 6 (September 17, 2020)

Summary Schedule of Process, v.5

Summary Schedule of Process, v.4

Summary Schedule of Process, v.3


Forum Documents

First Forum - Opening Comments (August 18, 2020)

First Forum - Summary (posted September 4, 2020)


Consultant Deliverables

Diagnostic Report from Calfee Zoning (A pdf file that will open in a new window)

Scope of Work from contract with Calfee Zoning




If you wish to suggest a text change or a rezoning of your property, this link will take you to a form that you may complete and submit with your request.


There is no fee to request changes. Please contact our office if you wish to recieve a paper copy of the form.


**Suggested mapping changes must be submitted by December 31, 2020.**


Here's a link to the County's interactive parcel viewer if you want to check out the current zoning map:

Kent Parcel Viewer (will open in a new window)


Still have Questions?

Send email to or call 410-778-7423 (voice/relay).


Task Force



The Task Force appointed by the County Commissioners held it's first meeting on Thursday, October 15, 2020, at 5 pm. The Task Force hopes to meet every three weeks.


The next meeting is scheduled for December 9, 2020, at 6 pm.


The public may view the livestream video:


Information to call into the meeting may be found in the agenda.




Link to Agenda, 12/9/20 (posted 11/25/20)

Link to Agenda, 11/12/20 (posted 10/29/20)

Link to Agenda, 10/15/20 (posted 10/09/20)



Last updated: November 25, 2020