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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 variance, administrative appeal, special exception modification, and conditional use appeal processes.


Budget Overview

The total approved FY20 Operating Budget for the Board of Appeals is $560,413, a decrease of $18,817 or 3.25 percent from the FY19 Approved Budget of $579,230. Personnel Costs comprise 93.53 percent of the budget for three full-time position(s) and no part-time position(s), and a total of 3.50 FTEs. Total FTEs may include seasonal or temporary positions and may also reflect workforce charged to or from other departments or funds. Operating Expenses account for the remaining 6.47 percent of the FY20 budget.

Consistent with the County Charter, the County Executive makes recommendations on the operating budget for all County departments, offices and agencies. However, recognizing the Charter-designed roles, the Executive defers significantly to the Legislative and Judicial Branch agencies. Questions regarding the approved budgets for Legislative Branch departments should be directed to Mary Jane Berry, 240-777-7930.

County Priority Outcomes

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

  • Effective, Sustainable Government


Department Performance Measures

Performance measures for this department are included below (where applicable). The FY19 estimates reflect funding based on the FY19 approved budget. The FY20 and FY21 figures are performance targets based on the FY20 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY21.

Number of Administrative Appeals filed510101010
Number of pre-hearing conferences held69999
Number of Administrative Appeals heard34444
Number of Administrative Appeals decided58888
Average days to Administrative Appeals hearing notice 11615151515
Average days to Administrative Appeals hearing (minimum of 30 days notice required) 25461616161
Average days to issue written Administrative Appeals decisions (within 45 days of close of record unless extended) 32828282828
Number of Variances filed2730303030
Number of Variances heard2238383838
Number of Variances decided2138383838
Average days to Variance hearing notice1016161616
Average days to Variance hearing (within 60 days of accepting application) 44250505050
Average days to issue Variance decision (within 30 days of close of record unless extended) 5149999
Number of requests for Oral Argument in Conditional Use cases 621111
Number of requests for Oral Argument granted10000
Number of Conditional Use cases decided21111
Average days to issue Conditional Use decision (must issue within 30 days of voting on the matter unless extended)1613131313
Number of Circuit Court appeals processed71111
Number of Worksessions held2224242424
Number of Administrative Actions taken 7167146146146146
Average days to Worksession Resolutions1613131313
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 as provided in the Zoning Ordinance. Development standards for each zone are set by the Zoning Ordinance. Variances from these standards require approval by the Board. In addition, the Board hears appeals of conditional uses decided by the Hearing Examiner, as provided...

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Budget Trends
Program Contacts

Contact Barbara Jay of the Board of Appeals at 240.777.6604 or Philip Weeda of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2780 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
Salaries and Wages407232.00418455.00 412939.00 422344.000.9
Employee Benefits92431.0095548.00 96395.00 101830.006.6
County General Fund Personnel Costs499663.00514003.00 509334.00 524174.002.0
Operating Expenses31470.0065227.00 48528.00 36239.00-44.4
County General Fund Expenditures531133.00579230.00 557862.00 560413.00-3.2
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 Fees195374.00164413.00 164413.00 164413.000.0
Other Charges/Fees2516.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
County General Fund Revenues197890.00164413.00 164413.00 164413.000.0
FY20 Approved Changes
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY20 Compensation Adjustment129460.00
Increase Cost: Retirement Adjustment11200.00
Increase Cost: Board Member Stipend Increases6890.00
Decrease Cost: Mail Services [Zoning Related Hearings and Administrative Appeals]-12720.00
Decrease Cost: Annualization of FY19 Personnel Costs-45840.00
Decrease Cost: Printing Services [Zoning Related Hearings and Administrative Appeals]-77160.00
Decrease Cost: Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY19-200000.00
FY20 APPROVED5604133.50
Future Fiscal Impacts ($000s)
FY20 Approved560.000000560.000000560.000000560.000000560.000000560.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Labor Contracts0.0000007.0000007.0000007.0000007.0000007.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures560.000000567.000000567.000000567.000000567.000000567.000000