Pending Legislation

The County Commissioners serve both the legislative and executive functions of local government.

Upcoming Solar Public Information Session on November 28.  

Ordinance #2017-2, Chapter 175 - Zoning - Solar Energy Systems

An Act concerning Solar Energy Systems in Caroline County; For the purpose of revising the Zoning chapter to permit and provide conditions for Accessory and Commercial Solar Energy Systems; By repealing and reenacting, with amendments, and transferring §175-85 to §175-46 of the Code of Public Local Laws of Caroline County and By renumbering §175-86 to §175-85 of the Code of Public Local Laws of Caroline County, Maryland.

The public hearing will be held on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 beginning at 6:15 PM in the County Commissioners Hearing Room #106, Courthouse, 109 Market Street, Denton, Maryland.  All interested persons are encouraged to attend.  Questions and comments will be solicited at that time.  

Written comments may be submitted in advance of the hearing to the County Commissioners Office, Courthouse, 109 Market Street, Room 123, Denton, Maryland 21629 or  For further information or questions, contact Sara Visintainer, Chief of Staff, at 410.479.0660, or via the Maryland Relay Service for persons with a hearing or speech disability at 7-1-1.  Persons with a disability needing reasonable accommodation to attend the hearing should notify the County Commissioners Office three days prior to the hearing.   

Commissioners Enact Solar Moratorium, Create Work Groups

*Please note: The Solar Workgroups have concluded their charge, with the introduction of Legislative Bill #2017-4 and Ordinance #2017-2 (see above).  The information in this section will remain up until both pieces of legislation have completed the legislative process*   (Legislative Bill #2017-4 was adopted on October 17, 2017)

 The Commissioners have enacted a temporary moratorium on certain solar development in order to update the County Code's existing requirements in light of changing technology, changing consumer demands,and changed to existing infrastructure in the County, and to evaluate the taxing, siting and construction of additional solar energy systems. 

The Commissioners have created two Work Groups, one primarily focused on land use issues, and one primarily focused on issues related to taxation. These groups have up to six months to study these matters, finalize their recommendations, and propose policy changed to better achieve the goals expressed in the Caroline County Comprehensive Plan before additional development occurs that may be contrary to the goals of the Plan. It is the Commissioners' intention that the County work as quickly as possible in order to provide some certainty to both the industry and property owners, as well as the winder community. 

The Land Use Work Group is primarily comprised of residents, and chaired by the Director of the Department of Planning and Codes. It includes representation from the solar industry, as well as the Farm Bureau, conservation groups, power distribution, property owners, and the Planning Commission. The Taxation work group is largely comprised of internal County staff, as well the local Supervisor of Assessments from the State Department of Assessments and Taxation 

All meeting of the Work Groups will be open to the public, and can be found on the Main Calendar. Agendas and minutes are available in the Agenda Center. (scroll down to Solar Moratorium Work Group)

Questions regarding the Temporary Moratorium can be referred to the Chief of Staff, Sara Visintainer or 410-479-0660. 

Kickoff Meeting Presentations