Unified Development Code

 Table of Contents

Article 1. Adoption, Purpose and Applicability

This Article provides for the adoption of the Unified Development Code, sets out its purpose and intent, describes the lands and development to which the Code applies, shelters approved permits from changes in the regulations, and provides for the continuation of preexisting uses, structures, lots and signs that are not in conformity with the provisions of this Code.

Article 2. Use of Land and Structures

This Article defines the zoning districts in the County and identifies the specific uses to which land and structures may be put in the various zoning districts, including certain uses or structures for which special approval is required in order to be allowed. This Article also sets out the standards that control the size of lots, the placement of buildings and structures on a lot, and the bulk and intensity of development on a lot. In addition, this Article identifies specific uses within each zoning district to which restrictions may apply, which are presented in Article 3 of this Code.

Article 3. Restrictions on Particular Uses

The purpose of this Article is to provide land use and development regulations for specific uses that will then be applicable to sites throughout Camden County. Unless otherwise noted, these standards are intended to be applied within all zoning districts where the particular uses are permitted, whether by right or through Special Use approval.

Article 4. Buffers, Landscaping and Tree Conservation

The purpose of this Article is to improve the aesthetic qualities of the County and to protect and preserve the appearance, character and value of its neighborhoods and business areas by:

(1) Providing for the separation of incompatible types of land use.

(2) Providing for quality and consistency in the design of landscaping and screening.

(3) Providing for the conservation of existing trees and the planting of new trees in pace with the land development process.

Article 5. Subdivisions and Planned Developments

This Article presents the different ways that land can be subdivided and developed, ranging from conventional subdivisions, to open space subdivisions where green space and natural features are preserved by reducing lot sizes, to planned developments that allow a wider variety of housing types in a well-planned mixed-use environment while also preserving green space and natural features.

 Article 6. Parking and Loading Requirements

This Article sets out the requirements and restrictions on the provision of automobile parking spaces for each development to accommodate its residents, employees, customers and visitors, and for adequate truck parking to serve any business or industrial building, hospital, institution, hotel or multi-family development. The provisions of this Article apply equally to each designated use without regard to the zoning district in which it is located, unless otherwise noted.

 Article 7. Sign Regulations

This Article provides for the types of signs that may be placed on a property, and regulates such characteristics as their size, number, placement and timing (for temporary events).

Article 8. Nuisances

The purpose of this Article is to abate nuisances in the County such as abandoned cemeteries, excessive noise, weeds and unkempt vegetation, abandoned motor vehicles and mosquitoes.

Article 9. Environmental Protection

This Article sets out the minimum requirements and standards for the protection of the natural environment within the county, including restrictions on the use of land near certain rivers and streams, within groundwater recharge areas susceptible to pollution and in wetlands, in order to:

(1) Protect the drinking water quality of the aquifers that supply water to the residents of the jurisdiction and the State;

(2) Protect the natural habitat of animal and plant life relative to water resources; and

(3) Protect valuable water-related and other natural resources, to help control erosion and river sedimentation, for contribution to drought management, and to help absorb flood waters.

Article 10. Project Design and Construction Standards

This Article sets out the minimum requirements and standards for construction of subdivisions and other land development projects, including general principals of design and layout and requirements for such public facilities as streets and utilities.

Article 11. Erosion Control and Stormwater Management

This Article contains the requirements that relate to the impact of rainfall events on the natural and manmade environment, including the erosion and siltation effects of site grading and land disturbance activities, the control of stormwater flows and the potentially damaging effects of flooding.

Article 12. Procedures and Permits

This Article describes the process through which a rezoning or special use may be approved on a property, the approval process for construction of subdivisions and other land development projects, and the approval process for other permits required by this Development Code.

Article 13. Appeals

This Article describes the process for addressing unusual situations or unique problems that may arise from the strict interpretation or enforcement of this Development Code, including appeals from an administrative decision, for a special exception, and for unique hardships restricting reasonable use of a property.

Article 14. Administration and Enforcement

This Article sets out the structure for administering, amending and enforcing this Development Code, including the responsibilities of the various administrative officers in carrying out enforcement activities, and penalties for violations.

Article 15. Glossary of Definitions

This Article describes how figures, words and phrases used in this Code are to be interpreted, and provides a glossary of all definitions specifically used in the text of this Development Code.