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Program Description

  Zoning and Administrative Hearings

The Hearing Examiner receives applications for certain zoning matters decided by the County Council; schedules and conducts public hearings; prepares and issues reports and recommendations for County Council action; receives applications, hears and decides special exception and conditional use cases; schedules and conducts referral hearings from other departments, such as the Commission on Human Rights and the Commission on Common Ownership Communities; adjudicates objections from findings of the Department of Housing and Community Affairs regarding accessory apartment applications; maintains administrative records for public inspection; collects zoning application fees; responds to public inquiries on zoning, special exception, and conditional use cases; and works with other County agencies in the preparation, revision, and review of procedural rules, fee schedules, and zoning text amendments.

Program Contacts

Contact Martin Grossman of the Office of Zoning and Administrative Hearings at 240.777.6667 or Helen P. Vallone of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2755 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY16Actual FY17Estimated FY18Target FY19Target FY20
Average time from filing a case until the first hearing date is scheduled (months) 144444
Number of Hearing Examiner decisions overturned on appeal 200000
Percentage of all legal deadlines and requirements met100100100100100
Percentage of Hearing Examiner recommendations accepted by County Council, the Human Rights Commission, the CCOC and the CAO, and the percentage of Hearing Examiner decisions upheld by the Board of Appeals 3100100100100100
Total cases completed 42832202424
1  Hearings in land-use cases are initially scheduled within 4 months of filing. When the hearings are delayed, it is almost always at the request of the applicant to accomplish changes in the applicant's plans required by the Planning Department.
2  At this time, two OZAH cases are pending in the courts.
3  The District Council, the Human Rights Commission and the Chief Administrative Officer accepted the Hearing Examiner's recommendations in all of cases submitted in FY 2017. The Board of Appeals also upheld OZAH recommendations and decisions, except that it slightly modified a condition in one case.
4  The number of new cases filed in FY 2017 (33) was 37% greater than in FY 2016 (24); however, new case filings in the first two quarters of FY 2018 have declined significantly, so our projections for FY 2018 and future filings have been reduced.

Program Budget Changes

FY19 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY18 Approved6895914.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.44680.00
FY19 Recommended6940594.00