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Program Description

  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 in the Zoning Ordinance. The Board of Appeals also holds hearings and rules on appeals from administrative actions of certain governmental departments and agencies, as provided in the County Code. Finally, the Board considers modifications to those special exceptions that were filed or approved before the October 30, 2014 changes to the Zoning Ordinance.

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.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY17Actual FY18Estimated FY19Target FY20Target 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 Budget Changes

FY20 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY19 Approved5792303.50
Decrease Cost: Mail Services-12720.00
Decrease Cost: Printing Services-77160.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.-98290.00
FY20 Approved5604133.50