Planning, Zoning and Community Development


Cannabis Discussion –

Over the past two months, the Planning and Zoning Commission has discussed newly enacted State Cannabis regulations. These discussions consisted of what Cannabis is and is not, State regulations and expectations, and potential locations for manufacturing, processing, and retail sales based on local zoning considerations.  Click here to view the Cannabis presentation from August 24, 2023.

Zoning Restrictions –

Per State law, a local government has the difficult challenge of establishing zoning requirements for cannabis-related businesses without unduly burdening a licensee.  That means a local government can’t outright prohibit cannabis operations other than on-site consumption establishments.  The current proposal being considered by the Wicomico County Planning and Zoning Commission is restricting cannabis-related operations to occur in only the industrial zoned areas of the County, which consists of approximately 2,100 acres. Click here to view the map of proposed locations.

Next steps – 

Wicomico County Planning and Zoning Commission Public Hearing will be held on September 21, 2023, @ 1:35 PM in the Council Chambers of the Government Office Building.  The proposed changes will be available for public review and comment period 14 days prior to an action of the Commission.  A future meeting date will be identified for the Commission to vote on proposed changes.  The next step is advancing the proposed changes to the Wicomico County Council for their review and actions.  This step will also include an opportunity for public input at a scheduled hearing.

Cannabis Public Hearing Scheduled for September 21, 2023 @ 1:35 PM in the Council Chambers of the Government Office Building. – Click Here

Draft Cannabis Bill – Click Here

Public Review and Comment Period is from September 7, 2023, to September 20, 2023.

For more information, contact the Wicomico County Department of Planning, Zoning, and Community Development at 410-548-4860.



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