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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.

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Budget Overview

The total approved FY22 Operating Budget for the Board of Appeals is $582,520, an increase of $23,675 or 4.24 percent from the FY21 Approved Budget of $558,845. Personnel Costs comprise 93.78 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 6.22 percent of the FY22 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

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Program Performance Measures

Performance measures for this department are included below (where applicable). The FY21 estimates reflect funding based on the FY21 approved budget. The FY22 and FY23 figures are performance targets based on the FY22 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY23.

MeasureActual
FY19
Actual
FY20
Estimated
FY21
Target
FY22
Target
FY23
Number of Administrative Appeals decided107777
Average days to issue written Administrative Appeals decisions (within 45 days of close of record unless extended) 1231212
Number of Variances decided4131313131
Average days to issue Variance decision (within 30 days of close of record unless extended) 2101313
Number of Conditional Use cases decided12222
Average days to issue Conditional Use decision (must issue within 30 days of voting on the matter unless extended)151616
Number of Circuit Court appeals processed41111
Number of Administrative Actions taken 3130101101101101
1  Board of Appeals Rule 9.1 requires issuance of administrative appeal opinions within 45 days of close of record.
2  Board of Appeals Rule 9.1 requires issuance of variance opinions within 30 days of close of record.
3  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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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
TitleActual
FY20
Budget
FY21
Estimate
FY21
Approved
FY22
%Chg
Bud/App
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages423152.00417896.00 428664.00 441385.005.6
Employee Benefits102015.00104710.00 99960.00 104898.000.2
County General Fund Personnel Costs525167.00522606.00 528624.00 546283.004.5
Operating Expenses22547.0036239.00 23488.00 36237.000.0
County General Fund Expenditures547714.00558845.00 552112.00 582520.004.2
PERSONNEL
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
REVENUES
Board of Appeals Fees128984.00164413.00 158064.00 158064.00-3.9
Other Charges/Fees4950.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
County General Fund Revenues133934.00164413.00 158064.00 158064.00-3.9
FY22 Approved Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
FY21 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION5588453.50
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY21 Compensation Adjustment123160.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY21 Personnel Costs55700.00
Increase Cost: FY22 Compensation Adjustment49330.00
Increase Cost: Retirement Adjustment8580.00
Decrease Cost: Print and Mail Adjustment-20.00
FY22 APPROVED5825203.50
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
TitleFY22FY23FY24FY25FY26FY27
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY22 Approved583.000000583.000000583.000000583.000000583.000000583.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Labor Contracts0.0000009.0000009.0000009.0000009.0000009.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures583.000000592.000000592.000000592.000000592.000000592.000000