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Mission Statement

The mission of the Board of Appeals is to implement the flexibility provided in the Zoning Ordinance as approved by the County Council, and to assist County residents in understanding and participating in the special exception, variance, and administrative appeal processes.


Budget Overview

The total approved FY19 Operating Budget for the County Government is $2,086,153,086, an increase of $23,431,650 or 1.1 percent from the FY18 Approved Budget of $2,062,721,436 (excludes debt service). The total approved FY19 tax supported operating budget for the County Government is $1,627,194,600, an increase of $8,678,308 or 0.5 percent from the FY18 approved tax supported budget of $1,618,516,292.

The County Government is the agency responsible for providing general services to residents. To do this, the agency is organized functionally into departments, offices, boards, and commissions which undertake all activities and operations of the government. County Government accounting information is organized by fund; this includes both tax supported and non-tax supported special funds, which either encompass an entire department or portions thereof. Detailed budget presentations on each of these organizational units and funds are displayed, organized by function, in the following sections of this document.

Government Functions

The County Government functions organize departments, offices, boards, and commissions by related activity. The functions of the Montgomery County Government are:

• General Government
• Public Safety
• Transportation
• Health and Human Services
• Libraries, Culture and Recreation
• Community Development and Housing
• Environment
• Other County Functions

Government Funds

County government funds are typically categorized by tax supported and non-tax supported funds. Tax supported funds are financed through Countywide taxes or special tax rates assessed on a geographic area encompassing the users of the respective services. In addition to taxes, these funds are also supported by intergovernmental aid, user fees, and other resources. Non-tax supported funds include enterprise funds and grants. Enterprise funds are operations that are financed and operated in a manner similar to private enterprise. The cost of providing these functions is primarily recovered through user charges.

Linkage to County Result Areas

While this program area supports all eight of the County Result Areas, the following is emphasized:

  • A Responsive, Accountable County Government


Department Performance Measures

Performance measures for this department are included below (where applicable). The FY18 estimates reflect funding based on the FY18 approved budget. The FY19 and FY20 figures are performance targets based on the FY19 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY20.

Number of Administrative Appeals filed115555
Number of pre-hearing conferences held96666
Number of Administrative Appeals heard93333
Number of Administrative Appeals decided85555
Average days to Administrative Appeals hearing notice 11116161616
Average days to Administrative Appeals hearing (minimum of 30 days notice required) 27154545454
Average days to issue written Administrative Appeals decisions (within 45 days of close of record unless extended) 33728282828
Number of Variances filed1727272727
Number of Variances heard1622222222
Number of Variances decided1921212121
Average days to Variance hearing notice810101010
Average days to Variance hearing (within 60 days of accepting application) 44842424242
Average days to issue Variance decision (within 30 days of close of record unless extended) 52014141414
Number of requests for Oral Argument in Conditional Use cases 652222
Number of requests for Oral Argument granted31111
Number of Conditional Use cases decided42222
Average days to issue Conditional Use decision (must issue within 30 days of voting on the matter unless extended)1616161616
Number of Circuit Court appeals processed57777
Number of Worksessions held2322222222
Number of Administrative Actions taken 7190167167167167
Average days to Worksession Resolutions2116161616
1  County Code requires mailing of written notice a minimum of 30 days before the scheduled hearing date.
2  County Code requires that the hearing on an administrative appeal be held no fewer than 30 days after issuance of written notice of the hearing.
3  Board of Appeals Rule 9.1 requires issuance of administrative appeal opinions within 45 days of close of record.
4  Section 59-7.3.2.C of the Zoning Ordinance requires the Board to schedule a hearing within 60 days after receiving an application.
5  Board of Appeals Rule 9.1 requires issuance of variance opinions within 30 days of close of record.
6  The Board has appellate jurisdiction over all conditional use cases in which oral argument is requested.
7  Matters considered and/or decided at worksessions include, but are not limited to, preliminary motions in Administrative Appeals, requests for major modifications (following the issuance of a report and recommendation by the Office of Zoning and Administrative Hearings) and administrative modifications of existing special exceptions, requests for by-right hearings, requests for oral argument regarding appeals of conditional use decisions, requests for the revocation of special exceptions, requests for the reconsideration of earlier Board decisions, requests for show cause hearings, complaints regarding the operation of special exceptions, inspection reports from the Department of Permitting Services and the Department of Housing and Community Affairs regarding such complaints, and the submission of documents fulfilling various Board-imposed reporting requirements.

Program Descriptions

  Zoning Related Hearings and Administrative Appeals

The Board of Appeals hears requests for variances and appeals of conditional uses decided by the Hearing Examiner as provided in the Zoning Ordinance. The Zoning Ordinance requires that certain uses be considered for approval by the Hearing Examiner. Development standards for each zone are also set by the Zoning...

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Program Contacts

Contact Barbara Jay of the Board of Appeals at 240.777.6604 or Helen P. Vallone of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2755 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
Salaries and Wages395458.00402398.00 406954.00 418455.004.0
Employee Benefits132007.0091422.00 93181.00 95548.004.5
County General Fund Personnel Costs527465.00493820.00 500135.00 514003.004.1
Operating Expenses26643.0047932.00 30325.00 65227.0036.1
County General Fund Expenditures554108.00541752.00 530460.00 579230.006.9
Full-Time3.003.00 3.00 3.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs3.503.50 3.50 3.500.0
Board of Appeals Fees179508.00164413.00 164413.00 164413.000.0
Other Charges/Fees4400.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
County General Fund Revenues183908.00164413.00 164413.00 164413.000.0
FY19 Approved Changes
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Office and Hearing Room Renovations. Total Cost Shared with Zoning and Administrative Hearings.200000.00
Increase Cost: FY19 Compensation Adjustment101410.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY18 Personnel Costs87220.00
Increase Cost: Stipend Increase for Board Members11910.00
Increase Cost: Retirement Adjustment1290.00
Increase Cost: Printing and Mail210.00
Decrease Cost: Decrease Operating Expenses-27260.00
FY19 APPROVED5792303.50
Future Fiscal Impacts ($000s)
FY19 Approved579.000000579.000000579.000000579.000000579.000000579.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY190.000000-20.000000-20.000000-20.000000-20.000000-20.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY19, including office and hearing room renovations, will be eliminated from the base in the outyears.
Labor Contracts0.0000006.0000006.0000006.0000006.0000006.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures579.000000565.000000565.000000565.000000565.000000565.000000