Development Regulations Amendments
The Town of Bel Air's Planning Commission has recommended updates to the Development Regulations based on the 2016 Bel Air Comprehensive Plan. To review the amendments by section, click on any link below:
Article II: Administration and Enforcement
Article III: Establishment and Regulation of Zoning Districts
Article IV: Overlay Districts
Article VI: Environmental Regulations
Article VII: Development and Performance Standards
Article VIII: Landscaping Standards
Article IX: Special Provisions and Modifications
Article X: Accessory and Temporary Uses
Article XI: Permits and Procedures
Article XII: Appeals; Variances; Special Exceptions; Special Developments
Article XIV: Definitions
Article XV: Sign Regulations
Attachment 1: Permitted Use Tables
Attachment 2: Table of Lot Requirements for Special Uses
Appendix A: Checklist for Site Plan & Subdivision Plan Review
Below are helpful links:
Click here to view the entire Town zoning map. Click here for a quick reference for zoning definitions.
The Town of Bel Air has completed the Zoning Reclassification of selected parcels of land. On November 7, 2016, the Town Board of Commissioners approved recommended rezoning, with the exceptions below.
604 Moore's Mill Road
615 Moore's Mill Road
617 Moore's Mill Road
100-1 to 119-9 Oak Moore Court
722 S. Main Street
Staff reports and exhibits of each recommendation and property owner applications for rezoning are available below.
Howard Street Subdivision Moores Mill Road North Side
Rock Spring Road Hickory Avenue
Ma & Pa Trail American Legion
Broadway Residential George Street Townhomes
Broadway Commercial Gateway Commercial
Moores Mill Road South Side Courtland Place
Oak Moore Court Property Owner Requests
Should you have questions or comments regarding comprehensive rezoning, please contact the Planning Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (410) 638-4540.
Market StudyBel Air is known for its high quality of life, good schools, and for being the center of Harford County government. The Market Study
revealed that there is a tremendous opportunity to build on the strengths of the community and elevate the Town into a vibrant arts and entertainment destination, while maintaining the Town's character and attractive qualities, including single-family homes and green space. Bel Air's downtown is well-positioned to be the epicenter of this transformation consisting of new restaurants, boutique destination retail establishments, entertainment venues, and upscale housing units.
The Town of Bel Air has completed a Wayfinding Plan designed to make it easier for residents and visitors to better find their way around town and the many amenities that the Town has to offer. To view the new Wayfinding Report, just click this link.
Wayfinding in Bel Air
Comprehensive Plan 2009 - 2015
The Bel Air Comprehensive Plan is a broad view of land use and public services. It adopts goals and objectives needed to guide the day to day decisions concerning development, financing, public improvements and regulatory needs. This plan provides the public with information needed to understand where social, economic and environmental policy is headed. The Comprehensive Plan can be viewed by through this link, emailing email@example.com or calling 410-638-4540.
Bel Air Tree Plan 2015An annual report that builds upon existing studies of tree canopy and conditions in the Town right-of-way and Town parks and establishes priorities for replacement and enhancement of street trees and forest areas. It also creates projects for the year to be accomplished using forest conservation funds from area development and from grant monies.
Annual Report 2014
A report by the Bel Air Planning Commission providing information related to the development that occurred during the year and changes to the zoning and regulations of the Town. This report is a requirement of the State of Maryland to assess the progress towards the goals of the Comprehensive Plan.
SHA Pedestrian Safety Study 2014
This study is a review of the downtown area specifically related to accommodations for handicapped access, pedestrian conflicts with vehicle traffic, traffic calming and vehicle volume and speeds. Specific recommendations are made for implementation by SHA
Source Water Protection Plan 2014
An assessment of the existing potable water sources in the Town of Bel Air by Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). This report reviews the Maryland American Water Company water system wells and Winters Run surface water sources. It makes recommendations for changes to regulations and policies along with future development restrictions.
Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan 2013
Cycling, Walking and Transit needs are examined in this ten year plan. Strategies for acquisition of easements, construction of trails, connection of sidewalks, provision of transit amenities, installation of bicycle facilities and coordination with County initiatives are examined. Please select the Bike/Ped Plan to view details of the study.
Sustainable Bel Air 2013 - 2018
As a continuation of Strategic Plans produced in the past to address needed capital improvements and desired programs, the Sustainable Bel Air Plan sets a groundwork and provides for a menu of goals to bring the Town closer to a more environmentally friendly and resource independent municipality. Social, Environmental and Economic initiatives are examined and assigned priorities for the duration of the study period.
Bel Air Flood Mitigation Plan 2011
An assessment of the flood hazards in the Town using historical data and engineering analysis. This report provides for goals and objectives for reducing the flooding risk and associated property damage. It is particularly targeted to the special flood hazard areas in Bel Air that pose the greatest threat of flooding.
Plumtree Run Watershed Action Plan 2011
An assessment by Harford County on Plumtree Run and its tributaries. This study reviews the impact of uncontrolled storm water runoff from the Town into the stream and provides mitigation recommendations from Plumtree Park to Atkisson Reservoir in the County.
Bel Air Parking Plan 2010
This strategic plan established a goal to enhance the local business climate and evaluate and manage current and future parking needs. It is a result of the need to implement some of the objectives of the previous Town Center Parking Study. It is a formal work plan to implement identified solutions, establish responsibility and institute timing for implementation.
Bel Air Commercial Market Study 2009
A report for the Town on the existing commercial environment and the potential development opportunities. This plan assists the Town in establishing economic development and revitalization strategies along with preserving the existing character of Bel Air.
Bel Air Downtown Design Guidelines 2009
In order to shepherd the orderly development of the downtown area, the Bel Air Downtown Alliance created a Design Committee and produced Design Guidelines. These recommendations help provide a pattern language and keep development in harmony with the historic precedent set forth over the past century.
MD Route 24 & Bus US 1 Traffic Analysis 2008
A plan to provide the Town with data prior to the 2009 Comprehensive Plan on the existing traffic conditions and projected future traffic capacity of the busiest intersection in the Town. It also reviews strategies to attenuate the impacts of growth in the area and associated traffic increases.
Town Center Parking Study 2007
This study is an assessment of the supply and demand for parking in the downtown area. It provides data on existing parking (public & private), utilization of parking, future projects, recommended locations for parking and limited design alternatives for structural parking.
Rockfield Manor Master Plan 2007
The foundation tasked with caretaking of the Rockfield Manor house and grounds established a Master Plan for the preservation of the character and significance of the iconic structure and setting.
Route 1 Corridor Economic Revitalization Strategy 2005
The Route 1 Corridor Study Area (Corridor/Project Study Area) along historic Route 1 in the Town of Bel Air (Town) is a major gateway to Bel Air's Main Street and transportation connector in the Town of Bel Air. Route 1 in Bel Air is a regional commercial hub and is dominated by retail uses in freestanding buildings with newer strip shopping centers and a regional shopping mall. The Town of Bel Air Route 1 is available for review.
Bel Air Pedestrian Traffic Study 2000
An Action Plan that addresses the needs of pedestrian improvements by establishing a sidewalk inspection program, an easement acquisition objective, landscape goals and an education program for pedestrians and motorists.