The Camden City Council adopted a new zoning ordinance on February 24, 2015. The zoning ordinance guides development in accordance with existing and future needs of the community and to promote public health, safety, morals, convenience, order, appearance, prosperity and general welfare. The ordinance is designed to be in harmony with the city’s Comprehensive Plan.

The ordinance provides regulations for the following purposes:

  • provide for adequate light, air and open space
  • prevent the overcrowding of land, avoid undue concentration of population, and
  • lessen congestion in the streets
  • facilitate the creation of a convenient, attractive and harmonious community
  • protect and preserve scenic, historic or ecologically sensitive areas
  • regulate the density and distribution of populations and the uses of buildings,
  • structures and land for trade, industry, residence, recreation, agriculture, forestry, conservation, airports and approaches thereto, water supply, sanitation, protection against floods, public activities and other purposes
  • facilitate the adequate provision or availability of transportation, police and fire protection, water, sewage, schools, parks and other recreational facilities, affordable housing, disaster evacuation, and other public services and requirements. “Other public requirements” which the local governing body intends to address by a particular ordinance or action must be specified in the preamble or some other part of the ordinance or action
  • secure safety from fire, flood and other dangers
  • further the public welfare in any other regard specified by City Council