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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 recommended FY23 Operating Budget for the Board of Appeals is $599,809, an increase of $17,289 or 2.97 percent from the FY22 Approved Budget of $582,520. Personnel Costs comprise 93.95 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 6.05 percent of the FY23 budget.

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 FY22 estimates reflect funding based on the FY22 approved budget. The FY23 and FY24 figures are performance targets based on the FY23 recommended budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY24.

MeasureActual
FY20
Actual
FY21
Estimated
FY22
Target
FY23
Target
FY24
Number of Administrative Appeals decided76666
Average days to issue written Administrative Appeals decisions (within 45 days of close of record unless extended) 1122020
Number of Variances decided 23143434343
Average days to issue Variance decision (within 30 days of close of record unless extended) 3131010
Number of Conditional Use cases decided 420111
Average days to issue Conditional Use decision (must issue within 30 days of voting on the matter unless extended) 516n/a16
Number of Circuit Court appeals processed12222
Number of Administrative Actions taken 610191919191
1  Board of Appeals Rule 9.1 requires issuance of administrative appeal opinions within 45 days of close of record.
2  The Board saw a significant increase in the number of variances filed in FY21 over FY20, which in turn resulted in an increase in the number of variances heard and decided.
3  Board of Appeals Rule 9.1 requires issuance of variance opinions within 30 days of close of record.
4  Outyear projections are based on YTD FY22 filings.
5  Since the Board did not decide any Conditional Use cases in FY21, there is nothing to report here.
6  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 Julie Knight of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2760 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY21
Budget
FY22
Estimate
FY22
Recommended
FY23
%Chg
Bud/Rec
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages428060.00441385.00 450046.00 454250.002.9
Employee Benefits100160.00104898.00 104336.00 109269.004.2
County General Fund Personnel Costs528220.00546283.00 554382.00 563519.003.2
Operating Expenses22325.0036237.00 23617.00 36290.000.2
County General Fund Expenditures550545.00582520.00 577999.00 599809.003.0
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 Fees179251.00158064.00 158064.00 158064.000.0
Other Charges/Fees6490.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
County General Fund Revenues185741.00158064.00 158064.00 158064.000.0
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages1893.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs1893.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures1893.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
PERSONNEL
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
REVENUES
Federal Grants1893.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues1893.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures552438.00582520.00 577999.00 599809.003.0
Total Full-Time Positions3.003.00 3.00 3.000.0
Total Part-Time Positions0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Total FTEs3.503.50 3.50 3.500.0
Total Revenues187634.00158064.00 158064.00 158064.000.0
FY23 Recommended Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
FY22 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION5825203.50
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY22 Compensation Increases87860.00
Increase Cost: FY23 Compensation Adjustment73460.00
Increase Cost: Retirement Adjustment11040.00
Increase Cost: Printing and Mail Adjustment530.00
FY23 RECOMMENDED5998093.50
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
TitleFY23FY24FY25FY26FY27FY28
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY23 Recommended600.000000600.000000600.000000600.000000600.000000600.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Labor Contracts0.00000015.00000015.00000015.00000015.00000015.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures600.000000615.000000615.000000615.000000615.000000615.000000