Md. environmental buffer rules tightened

The Maryland Critical Area Commission will shortly finalize new regulations to establish comprehensive procedures and standards for development inside the Critical Area Buffer.

Nearly a year in the making, the new rules will require stricter protection, restoration and enhancement of the buffer, when construction, clearing or related activities are proposed on waterfront property, the commission said.

The Critical Area Buffer, comprised of the first 100 feet of land adjacent to tidal waters, tidal wetlands and tributary streams, impacts 64 jurisdictions in the state. The final regulations will be published in the Maryland Register on Feb. 26 and take effect on March 8.

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