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Existing Zoning Map  

The Existing Zoning Map illustrates the current Zoning Districts for the Town of Chesapeake Beach. Four observations are most relevant.

  1. Environmental features, including floodplains, tidal marshlands, and streams separate residential neighborhoods throughout Town. Development has been constrained by natural features resulting in small residential enclaves.

  2. The most prominent land use is residential. Residential building types and densities vary from high-density (up to 20 units/acre) multi-family structures along the bay front, to low-density (2-4 units/acre) single-family homes along Old Bayside Road.

  3. Commercial uses occupy positions along MD 261. To some extent, such uses are becoming more prevalent in residential neighborhoods north of MD 260. Overall, retail operations (restaurants and convenience shopping) dominate the commercial land use base. Office space is very limited.

  4. Except for lands with environmental constraints, little undeveloped land remains for development within the center of Town, though many parcels could be more fully developed as market conditions evolve.

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