VOL. 4, Winter 2022
COVID-19 Testing & Vaccine Clinics Available in Calvert County

Testing - Fox Run Shopping Center, Prince Frederick
To provide additional access to COVID-19 testing for Calvert County residents, the Calvert County Health Department now offers testing Monday through Friday at the Fox Run Shopping Center, located at 713 Solomons Island Road N. in Prince Frederick. Appointments are required; walk-ins cannot be accommodated.

All tests are PCR, which are more reliable than rapid antigen tests. PCR tests are sent to a licensed medical laboratory. Test results are typically available within 1-2 days; however due to testing volume, results may occasionally take longer. 

Registration for testing is available online through the CIAN Diagnostics online portal

Testing - Dunkirk District Park, Dunkirk
A drive-up testing site independently operated by FirstCall Medical Center is open in Dunkirk District Park, located at 10750 Southern Maryland Blvd. in Dunkirk. The site provides same-day, walk-up COVID-19 rapid, PCR and antigen testing in Calvert County. The site is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

COVID-19 testing is available through many primary care providers throughout the county. Visit www.CalvertCountyMd.gov/Testing for more information.

Citizens are reminded NOT to call 911 or visit the emergency room for COVID-19 testing. DO seek emergency medical care immediately if you or someone you know is experiencing any emergency warning signs of COVID-19.

Vaccination - Fox Run Shopping Center, Prince Frederick
The Calvert County Health Department has relocated the previous COVID-19 vaccination clinic site from the Calvert County Industrial Park to the Fox Run Shopping Center located at 713 Solomons Island Road N. in Prince Frederick. Vaccination clinics are held daily from noon to 3 p.m.

Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines are available as supply allows. This includes booster doses, additional doses and doses for children ages 5 to 11. Residents can schedule appointments online at CalvertCountyCovid19.com/vaccination-registration. For assistance scheduling an appointment, residents may also call the Calvert County COVID-19 vaccine information call center at 410-535-0218 on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Online Inspections and Permits Portal Adds Convenience for Citizens and Businesses

Citizens and businesses can pay for, manage and print permits from the comfort of their own home or office through Calvert County's Encompass online portal. Citizens can visit Encompass.CalvertCountyMd.gov to register for an account.

The online system allows for residential building, electrical, plumbing, gas and grading permits, along with utility permits, with more capabilities to be rolled out in the future. 

Online credit card and eCheck payments are accepted through the portal. A convenience fee of 2.7% will be applied to credit card payments and $2.25 for eCheck payments.

The Department of Planning & Zoning (P&Z), including the Office of Inspections & Permits, is located in the Courthouse Square building at 205 Main St. in Prince Frederick. These offices are located on the first and second floors of the building. Mailboxes for drop-off and pick-up are located by the ground-floor entrance of Courthouse Square.

With staff working staggered schedules, both in office and telework, we continue to provide services by email, phone, drop box and in person. All phone numbers and email addresses remain the same. For best in-person customer service, please call and make an appointment.

The P&Z Department is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Inspections & Permits hours are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Department of Public Works is located at 100 Skipjack Road in Prince Frederick. Administrative and utility billing services for the Water & Sewer Division is located at the Community Resources Building at 30 Duke St. All phone numbers and email addresses remain the same.
Staff Changes and New Hires

Please see recent staff updates below for the Department of Planning & Zoning and the Department of Public Works.

Denise Cherry, manager administrative services, retired on Jan. 4, 2022, after more than 11 years of faithful and loyal service to the citizens of Calvert County and the state of Maryland. Her admirable career began on March 8, 2010, as executive administrative assistant for Planning & Zoning. Through her support of five directors, the department has grown and become stronger due to her commitment to our mission, vision and values; her diligence and knowledge of the department's budget; her outstanding customer service skills; and the uncanny way she anticipated and addressed the needs of the department – always thinking two steps ahead. Denise has provided invaluable leadership, guidance, mentorship and friendship to many of the department staff, for which she will truly be missed.

Terry Williams, development review coordinator, retired on Jan. 7, 2022, after dedicating 30 years of faithful and loyal service to the citizens of Calvert County and the state of Maryland. Terry's admirable career began on Sept. 12, 1991, as drafting/house numbering assistant with Planning & Zoning. She refined her customer service skills as she worked through the ranks, developing and maintaining successful internal and external customer relationships with the Planning Commission, county staff, agencies and the development community. Terry has provided reliable and exemplary service during her career; thereby gaining tremendous respect, trust and admiration from Calvert County staff and professionals in the development industry who had the pleasure to work with her.

Planning & Zoning  
Development Review Coordinator - vacant
Environmental Planner III – vacant 
Long Range Planner II - vacant 
Manager Administrative Services - vacant
Planner I - vacant
Planner II - vacant

Department of Public Works 
New Hire, Project Engineer II - Bob White
Promoted to Project Engineer I - Katie Loman
Retirement, Solid Waste Division Chief - Mike Thomas
Retirement, Highway Equipment Operator II - Nelson Rice
Retirement, Landfill Maintenance Worker II - Sterling Jones
Retirement, Buildings & Grounds Maintenance Worker II - Kevin Wood
Retirement, Custodian - Maurice Paddy
Engineering Division Chief - vacant
Executive Administrative Assistance II - vacant
Planning & Zoning
Older Lot Building Restriction Guide
The following stable details setbacks established for older communities (Nov. 30, 1989) if not shown on the original plat or listed in original deeds:

White Sands
  • Front setbacks are recognized as those of the Calvert County Zoning Ordinance (i.e., lots less than 20,000 sq. ft.): 25 ft.
  • Side and Rear setbacks: 10 ft.
Holiday Beach
  • Front setback: 20 ft.
  • Side and rear setbacks: 4 ft.
North Beach
  • Front setback: 15 ft.
  • Side setback: 8 ft.
  • Rear setback: 20 ft.
N. Chesapeake Beach
  • Front setback: 20 ft.
  • Side and rear setback: per plat 
Scientists Cliffs
  • Front, rear and side setbacks: 10 ft. 
Drum Point
  • Front setback: 25 ft.
  • Front on corner lot: 15 ft.
  • Sides and rear setbacks: 5 ft.
  • Front setback: 15 ft.
  • Side and Rear Setbacks: 5 ft.
The Soundings & the Golf Course
  • Front setback: 25 ft.
  • Side and rear setbacks: 10 ft.
Cape Leonard
  • Front setback: 25 ft.
  • Side and rear setbacks: 10 ft.
Long Beach
  • Setbacks vary by deed or refer to the Calvert County Zoning Ordinance 

New Road Name Forms Available
Revised road name forms are now available. The first form is for new subdivisions that have a private lane and/or public right-of-way. This form is submitted with the preliminary plan subdivision package. The second form is for changes to an existing right-of-way that either has a road name or no name and property owners would like to either change the name or have the road named.

Tolling: How to Calculate Your New Expiration Date
The Maryland State of Emergency was proclaimed on March 5, 2020 (signed March 12) and Calvert County’s on March 17, 2020. The Maryland State of Emergency ended July 4, 2021 and tolling ended 30 days after on Aug. 4, 2021. 

The applicant or engineer will need to determine the expiration date of the plan or permit that is under review or approved (see Calvert County Zoning Ordinance Section 4-2 for site plans, Section 7-1.07.B.8 for subdivisions and Section 105.3.2 of the County Building Code for permits) to calculate the remaining time the plan was valid from the date of the initiation of tolling, March 5, 2020. This number of days will be added, starting with Aug. 5, 2021, to calculate the new expiration date. Please reference this for all applicable projects and permits with any submittals in chart form for staff to review and approve. For questions please call Planner III Olivia Vidotto at 410-535-1600, ext. 2379 or email [email protected]

  1. BBQ Bob’s site plan – approved Jan. 1, 2019 with an expiration of Jan. 1, 2021
  2. Calculate the number of days from March 5, 2020 to Jan. 1, 2021 = X
  3. Add X number of days starting on Aug. 5, 2021 = new expiration date based on tolling
Planning Commission Meetings for 2022:

Planning Commission (PC) meetings are being held as a hybrid meeting with PC members attending in person and a virtual option available through Zoom. Find the 2022 PC meeting schedule online.

Board of Appeals

The Board of Appeals (BOA) meets monthly to consider variances, special exceptions and decisions on alleged error cases. The 2022 BOA schedule, agendas and information may be accessed on the Board of Appeals webpage.
TEG/SEG Dates and Information

The Technical Evaluation Group (TEG) and the Subdivision Evaluation Group (SEG) reviews site plans and subdivisions to ensure proposed and existing commercial development complies with all county ordinances and state regulations. 

TEG meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month (except for November and December, due to the holidays). The meetings begin at 8:30 a.m. and are held virtually. Visit the Calvert County Government website for the schedules and additional information.
Town Center Master Plan and Zoning Updates

Prince Frederick
The Planning Commission endorsed a three-phase process to update the Town Center master plans: issue identification, plan development and plan adoption. The Prince Frederick Master Plan Update project is currently in the second phase of plan development.

At its meeting on Sept. 15, 2021, the Planning Commission voted to extend the comment period from Sept. 1, 2021 to Oct. 1, 2021 and to move the presentation to Oct. 27, 2021. The Planning Commission directed staff to summarize the comments by topic to have a clear understanding of concerns and return to the Planning Commission. Comments received by Oct. 1 were provided to the Planning Commission for consideration at a special Meeting on Oct. 27. Eleven people submitted comments during the extended comment period. Staff prepared a summary of the comments and provided an analysis and recommendations, organized by chapter, for review at the Planning Commission’s special meeting. The Planning Commission invited people to speak on the draft plan at the special meeting on Oct. 27, 2021. Twelve people signed up and spoke at the Oct. 27 meeting. The Planning Commission reviewed the summary and analysis and provided direction to staff for most chapters.

The Planning Commission tabled the discussion on the last item in Chapter 2 Key Issues and Chapter 3 Land Use in its entirety. The Planning Commission requested information regarding development capacity and residential density and will reconvene to continue its review of public comments.
The Dunkirk Town Center Master Plan Update is in the first phase of the process. For the first phase, staff is hosting a series of public meetings and surveys on behalf of the Planning Commission. At the Planning Commission’s Aug. 25, 2021 meeting, the Planning Commission acknowledged the following focus area topics:

• Land Use (how to manage future growth)
• Roads, Traffic and Public Walkways
• Economic Vitality (improved shopping and dining options)

An informational public meeting was held on Dec. 6, 2021. The meeting was held virtually: over 40 people attended the Zoom meeting and over 360 people viewed the meeting on Facebook Live during the live broadcast. In addition, the meeting was broadcast live on the county’s website, Comcast channel 6 and HD 1070. View a recording of the Dec. 6 meeting.
Updates to the Calvert County Zoning Ordinance and Official Zoning Maps are Underway

The ordinance rewrite and map revisions are being completed following the adoption of the Calvert County Comprehensive Plan. As required by the State Land Use Law, the ordinance must be consistent with the adopted comprehensive plan. Additionally, the ordinance is being reorganized and reformatted to be more user friendly for citizens to look up the county’s zoning regulations. Ordinance chapters are being combined for ease in finding information. Keep watching the Calvert 2040 webpage on the County’s website for updates including schedules for citizen participation to provide input on the draft ordinance and map.
Upcoming Holidays

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Monday, Jan. 17
Presidents Day: Monday, Feb. 21
Good Friday: Friday, April 15
Please contact Olivia Vidotto at [email protected] or
410-535-1600, ext. 2379, if there are topics of interest or information
you'd like included.

Carolyn Sunderland, AICP
Deputy Director of Planning & Zoning
410-535-1600, ext. 2380
Olivia Vidotto
Planner III
410-535-1600, ext. 2379