The Chesapeake Bay Critical Area is defined by a 1000' buffer from mean high water landward. More details and information about the Critical Area can be found in the Planning section of Planning & Zoning.
If new development is proposed in the Critical Area, those activities are regulated by Chapter 14:1 of the County code. Typically, site plans, subdivisions, and growth allocations all require Development Review applications when the Critical Area is involved, however please consult the Threshold for Project Review document to determine if an application also requires review by the Critical Area Commission.
The official Critical Area maps are at the office of Planning & Zoning. The link below will take you to the Critical Area Commission's draft maps for Queen Anne's County which are not yet official but anticipated. For any questions on maps, please contact our office.