A rezoning is required when a property owner proposes to use land for purposes that are not permitted by the current zoning classification. Rezonings always require a public hearing before the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors. Caroline County uses a conditional rezoning process. A conditional request proposes to change the existing zoning district classification to another classification, which permits the proposed use. Additionally, it allows the owner to voluntarily proffer (offer) conditions and/or cash payments which may enhance the proposal, address concerns of nearby property owners and mitigate the fiscal impact of the proposed use. Proffers are similar to covenants, in that they "run" with the land. Once the Board of Supervisors has accepted proffers, however, any changes require a proffer amendment request and public hearings before the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors. For more information,visit the Planning Commission page.