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POLICY - All incoming mail must be sent to the Detention Center in white, legal orletter sized envelopes. Incoming legal mail will be exempt from the white envelope rule,however the handling officer who searches the legal mail in front of the inmate, mustretain the envelope and dispose of it. Any mail that does not fall within the guidelineswill be returned to the sender. Mail will be returned to the sender for reasons to include,but not limited to, those items noted below:
o No inmate nameo Stickers of any kind (including return address labels)o Rubber inked stampso Tapeo Colored pencil(s), markers, glitter, crayons, paint, watercolors or wax on any part of the envelope or in the body of the correspondenceo Paperclips or stapleso Correction tape/fluido Greeting cardso Colored envelopes (except legal mail)o Padded envelopeso Any non-paper itemso Plastics or anything laminated or made of cardboardo Anything gang related (photos, colors, writing symbols or hand gestures)o Homemade cards or poster cardso Blank paper, blank cards or stampso Magazines and books (individual subscriptions to one newspaper allowed)o Items having suspicious stains or markingso Instant camera photos (i.e. Polaroids)o Food items or cosmetic itemso Photos of any size or typeo Pictures or drawings of nude, obscene or sexually explicit materialo Musical or recordable cardso Foreign unidentified substanceso Correspondence in codeo Magazine or newspaper clippingso Identification cards or facsimileso Lottery tickets or prepaid phone cardso Mail that violates a no-contact order or other court ordero Cash, personal checks or second party checks (money orders allowed)o Pages from bookso Computer printoutso Mail decorated with beads, ribbons, springs, etc.o Sports statistics for gamblingo Paper folded in the form of origamio Letters with strong perfume-like or unusual odorso Letters with no return name or addresso Inmate-to-inmate correspondenceo Clothing items (Court clothing must be approved by administration and can be delivered in person only, one week prior to trial date.)o Over-the-counter or prescription medicationo Digital memory cards/thumb driveso Hate or threatening related written or printed material
NOTE: Disallowed material shall include items meeting the definition of contraband.Also, as noted above, correspondence may not consist of or contain adhesives, metal,hard plastics, sound chips and unusual devices or decoration. All returned mail will bemarked or stamped "Return to Sender" on the envelope.
If someone is interested constructing a new building, which is called a site plan, or creating another lot from their existing lot, which is called a subdivision, that requires review by this department of Planning & Zoning.
Development Review is within the Department of Planning and Zoning is located at 110 Vincit Street, Centreville MD 21617. Find us here. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8AM to 430PM. We are closed for most national holidays. See holidays here. You may always call us at 410-758-1255.
You can determine what zoning district you are in by going here and entering the address in the Search box at the top right. Then in the Layers (bottom left click that ON) go to the Planning layer and expand it by clicking on the "+" symbol and then checking the boxes for both "planning" and "zoning".
You may also call or visit this office if you are unable to access the Property Viewer/GIS on the County's website. Additionally, you may email us and we can send you a print out via email that has the zoning information.
Depending on the existing or proposed structure or use on your property, there are various required distances from property lines or other uses; aka setbacks. Setbacks can vary greatly depending on the zoning district. Sometimes setbacks are referred to as "building restriction lines" or "BRLs". If you know your zoning district, you can find your setbacks here.
Please see the FAQ for the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area and Critical Area Buffer.
The Planning Commission meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month. The meetings start at 8:45AM. Each meeting is filmed and available to view at QACTV on channel 7 or via the web at QACTV.com.
Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8AM to 430PM. Permitting office operates Monday through Friday 8 to 330PM. We are closed for most national holidays. See holidays here. You can always call us at 410-758-1255.
The Planning Division of Planning and Zoning has two distinct functions. The first involves reviewing proposed development projects for compliance with approved county, state, and federal codes. The second involves long range planning, setting a vision for the county’s near and distant future.
In addition to these functions, Planning Division staff also provides support for to the Planning Commission and the Board of Appeals.
The Zoning division of Planning and Zoning has two distinct functions. The first involves the review and issuance of construction level permits; grading, building, electrical, etc. The second function is the field inspection and enforcement of county zoning codes.
You can find the whole County code here. The Planning Division is concerned primarily with Chapter 14, Chapter 18, and Chapter 28.
Property tax rates for state, county, and incorporated towns within the county are set July 1 each year. Visit QACTaxes.org for current County tax rates.