Board of Appeals (BOA)

Overview

Appointed by the Board of County Commissioners, the Board of Appeals is a five-member board that reviews applications for variances, special exceptions and expansion or replacement of non-conforming uses. It has the authority to:

  • Hear and decide appeals where it is alleged there is an error in any order, requirement, decision or determination made by an administrative officer in the enforcement of ordinances adopted under Section 4-305 of the Land use Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland.
  • Hear and decide special exceptions to the terms of the Zoning Ordinance.
  • Grant variances from the terms of the Zoning Ordinance.

All Board of Appeals hearings will be held virtually via Zoom until further notice.

BOA Hearing Schedule and Application Deadlines

*NOTE: Effective January 2022, Application Deadlines will change to the Thursday following each monthly BOA Hearing to allow staff adequate time to review and process Applications more effectively. * * * Board of Appeals Applications are scheduled for hearings on a first-come, first-serve basis. * * * Completed applications must be submitted with proper payment prior to the deadline in order to be eligible for, but is not a guarantee that it will be scheduled on, the desired months agenda.
Hearing Date Application Deadline
January 6, 2022 November 18, 2021
February 3, 2022 December 23, 2021
March 3, 2022 January 13, 2022*
April 7, 2022 February 10, 2022
May 5, 2022 March 10, 2022
June 2, 2022 April 14, 2022
July 7, 2022 May 12, 2022
August 4, 2022 June 9, 2022
September 1, 2022 July 14, 2022
October 6, 2022 August 11, 2022
November 3, 2022 September 8, 2022
December 1, 2022 October 13, 2022
January 5, 2023 November 10, 2022
February 2, 2023 December 8, 2022
March 2, 2023 January 12, 2023
April 6, 2023 February 9, 2023
May 4, 2023 March 9, 2023
June 1, 2023 April 13, 2023

Hearings

Each case is presented before the Board of Appeals at a scheduled public hearing. The applicant(s) and/or their agent will need to be in attendance to present the criteria for their case. 

Cases are heard by five Board members and are accompanied by their legal counsel.

Additional meetings are scheduled as necessary.

Board of Appeals public hearings are held beginning at 9:00 a.m. on the first Thursday of each month with a tentative lunch break from 12:00-1:00 p.m. 

Open Meeting Statement

The Calvert County Board of Appeals complies with the Open Meetings Act. 

Location

Board of Appeals hearings are currently being held virtually via Zoom for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and until further notice.

Agendas and Minutes

View Board of Appeals Agendas and Minutes

Submitting Comment on a Case

How can I submit comment on an active Board of Appeals case?

The public may submit comments on a case in two ways:

  • Written: Parties affected by or interested in a specific Board of Appeals case may submit written comment to be placed in that case's official record. Submissions must be received prior to the established exhibits deadline (2-weeks prior to the scheduled hearing date) so that they can be properly labeled and distributed. Comments may be emailed to the Board of Appeals Staff or mailed to: Board of Appeals, c/o BOA Clerk, 205 Main Street, Prince Frederick Maryland 20678. Note: Anonymous comments will not be accepted or entered into the record for a case. 
  • Verbal: (All testimony is sworn) Members of the public may ask questions and give verbal testimony related to a Board of Appeals case by attending the Public Hearing. Board of Appeals hearings are currently being held via Zoom videoconference. The public may attend virtually using an audio and video enabled computer or electronic device and by registering prior to the hearing day. To register for a specific hearing, email the Board of Appeals Staff. Individuals may also participate via phone using the toll-free number and Zoom Meeting I.D. provided on the Board of Appeals Agenda. Legal Notices are posted approximately 3 weeks prior to the advertised hearing date and the finalized Agenda updated the Friday prior to the hearing.

How will my comments be used?

Written comments will become part of the public record. The comments will be distributed to the Board for their consideration and to the applicant so they may have the opportunity to address your comments. Mention of your correspondence will be included in the exhibits listed at the hearing, and possibly read aloud. Comments will also be included in the final Order for the case.

Live testimony also becomes part of the public record. All persons wishing to testify must identify themselves and be sworn in.

BOA Members

Name District Term Expiration
Susan D. Hance-Wells, Chair 2 04/30/2022
Daniel O. Baker, Jr., Vice Chair 2 09/30/2022
Christopher Moore, Member 2 11/30/2023
Robert Carpenter, Member 3 11/30/2023
Thomas H. Ireland, Member 2 10/31/2024
Marcia P. Claggett, Alternate Member 3 07/31/2022
VACANT, Alternate Member    
Lisa Smith Sanders, Esq., Board Counsel    

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Board of Appeals, please refer to the Volunteer Boards and Commissions web page.