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Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Zoning and Administrative Hearings (OZAH) is to conduct due process hearings in land use and other administrative matters in a manner that protects the rights of the participants, provides a complete record in each case, results in a thorough and balanced report or decision and serves the public interest.

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Budget Overview

The total approved FY19 Operating Budget for the Office of Zoning and Administrative Hearings is $704,059, an increase of $14,468 or 2.10 percent from the FY18 Approved Budget of $689,591. Personnel Costs comprise 86.10 percent of the budget for four full-time position(s) and no part-time position(s), and a total of 4.00 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 13.90 percent of the FY19 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-defined roles, the Executive defers significantly to Legislative and Judicial Branch agencies. Questions regarding the approved budgets for Legislative Branch departments should be directed to Mary Jane Berry, 240-777-7930.

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

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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.

MeasureActual
FY16
Actual
FY17
Estimated
FY18
Target
FY19
Target
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 Descriptions

  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...

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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.

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Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY17
Budget
FY18
Estimate
FY18
Approved
FY19
%Chg
Bud/App
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages475535.00485425.00 487652.00 496191.002.2
Employee Benefits104487.00105167.00 90691.00 110000.004.6
County General Fund Personnel Costs580022.00590592.00 578343.00 606191.002.6
Operating Expenses62516.0098999.00 27381.00 97868.00-1.1
County General Fund Expenditures642538.00689591.00 605724.00 704059.002.1
PERSONNEL
Full-Time4.004.00 4.00 4.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs4.004.00 4.00 4.000.0
REVENUES
Other Charges/Fees7100.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Zoning Fees114730.0065000.00 65000.00 65000.000.0
County General Fund Revenues121830.0065000.00 65000.00 65000.000.0
FY19 Approved Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
FY18 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION6895914.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY19 Compensation Adjustment100180.00
Increase Cost: Refurbish dais in the hearing room. Total cost shared with Board of Appeals.100000.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY18 Personnel Costs52370.00
Increase Cost: Retirement Adjustment3440.00
Increase Cost: Printing and Mail280.00
Decrease Cost: Reduce Consultant Fees-41590.00
Decrease Cost: Reduce Transcript Cost-70000.00
FY19 APPROVED7040594.00
Future Fiscal Impacts ($000s)
TitleFY19FY20FY21FY22FY23FY24
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY19 Approved704.000000704.000000704.000000704.000000704.000000704.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Elimination of One-Time Items Approved in FY190.000000-10.000000-10.000000-10.000000-10.000000-10.000000
Items recommended for one-time funding in FY19, including refurbish dais in hearing room, will be eliminated from the base in the outyears.
Labor Contracts0.0000005.0000005.0000005.0000005.0000005.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures704.000000699.000000699.000000699.000000699.000000699.000000