Harford County Zoning Categories

Fall 2002 Newsletter

Note: The data below are superceded as of Dec 22, 2008 by the Harford County Zoning Designations.

Agricultural (AG)
This district provides for continued farming activities, conserves agricultural land and reaffirms agricultural uses, activities and operations within the agricultural zoned areas. It is the further purpose of this district to maintain and promote the rural character of this land as well as promote the continuance and viability of the farming and agricultural uses. Low density residential development is also permitted.
Rural Residential (RR)
This district is intended to acknowledge and protect existing concentrations of residential development in the rural areas and provide for low density residential uses where not in conflict with agricultural activities.
Urban Residential Districts (Rl, R2, R3 and R4)
Urban Residential Districts are intended to accommodate urban residential needs by providing for a wide range of densities and building types. Conventional Development with Open Space (COS) and Planned Residential Development (PRD) are permitted where open space and environmental features are provided or preserved. R1 - zoning typically permits single family homes on 15,000- 20,000 square foot lots. R2 - zoning permits single family residences on 7,500 -10,000 square foot lots and may permit townhouses 24 feet wide in four unit buildings. R3 and R4 - zoning permits single family homes on 5,000 -6,000 square foot lots, townhouses 15 to 18 feet wide, as well as condominiums and garden apartments with higher density in the R4 district. Note: Lot sizes and housing types may be modified. Natural Resource District R -Urban Residential District - is intended to accommodate detached, single- family residences on a minimum lot size of one acre, with public water and sewer required for development.
Village Residential District (VR)
Village Residential District - is intended to preserve and enhance the character and function of established rural settlements. This district allows residential uses on small lots as well as certain business uses. Where appropriate, the historic district overlay may be used to achieve architectural compatibility between old and new buildings.
Residential/Office District (RO)
Residential/Office District - provides for conversion of existing residential structures to small office uses in areas where adjacent commercial activity, heavy commercial traffic or other similar factors make these properties no longer suitable for residential purposes. Design and approval of structures must be compatible with nearby residential properties.
Village Business District (VB)
Village Business District - provides business services to rural areas and preserves and enhances the character and function of long-established rural settlements. This district complements the VR by providing a mix of business and residential uses at an appropriate scale. Where appropriate, the Historic District overlay zone may be used to achieve architectural compatibility between old and new buildings.
Business Districts (Bl, B2 and B3)
Business Districts are intended to provide sufficient and convenient locations for business uses that serve the needs of local neighborhoods and communities and the traveling public. Bl - Neighborhood Business District, is intended to provide limited retail and service facilities convenient to residential neighborhoods. To this end, uses are limited primarily to convenience goods and services satisfying the household and personal needs of the residents of abutting residential districts, resulting in similar building bulk and low concentration of vehicular traffic. B2 - Community Business District, is intended to provide a wider range and scale of retail, business and service uses than are permitted in the B 1 District and, is oriented to serve several neighborhoods. The intensity of development as well as the concentration of vehicular traffic is greater than B 1 District. B3 - General Business District, is intended to provide a wide range of retail, service and business uses serving the local and county-wide area. Such activities are generally located along arterial roads.
Commercial Industrial District (CI)
This district is intended for industrial, office and business uses of a moderate scale and intensity. LI- Light Industrial District - is intended to permit a mix of light manufacturing, warehousing, and service uses. Retail sales are not permitted except as accessory to a manufacturing or distribution operation where the product is produced or warehoused on site or as otherwise permitted.
General Industrial District (GI)
This district is intended for industrial uses of a larger scale or more intensive processing with large areas of uncovered storage which may generate substantially more impact on surrounding properties than intended in the Commercial Industrial District.