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.

Application packages for cases being heard by the Board of Appeals can be found in the Document Center.

All meetings will be held via Zoom until further notice.

2021 BOA Meeting Schedule and Deadlines

2021 Board of Appeals Schedule
Date Application Deadline
January 7, 2021 November 20, 2020
February 4, 2021 December 23, 2020
March 4, 2021 January 22, 2021
April 1, 2021 February 19, 2021
May 6, 2021 March 25, 2021
June 3, 2021 April 22, 2021
July 1, 2021 May 20, 2021
August 5, 2021 June 17, 2021
September 2, 2021 July 22, 2021
October 7, 2021 August 19, 2021
November 4, 2021 September 23, 2021
December 2, 2021 October 21, 2021

Hearings

Each case is presented before the Board at a scheduled public hearing; applicants are notified of the date of their public hearing when the application is filed. 

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

Additional meetings are scheduled as necessary.

Board of Appeals public hearings are held at 9:00 a.m. and/or 1:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month.

Open Meeting Statement

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

Location

Meetings are currently being held virtually via Zoom for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

175 Main St., Prince Frederick, 2nd floor of the Circuit Courthouse. Parking is located to the rear of the Circuit Courthouse, at the County Services Plaza, and elsewhere on Main Street. 

Agendas and Minutes

View Board of Appeals Agendas and Minutes

Submitting Comment on a Case

How can I submit comment on a case in progress?

The public is welcome to submit comment on a case in progress. You can comment in two ways:

  • Submit written comment before the hearing. You may send your comment by mail (Board of Appeals, 150 Main Street, Prince Frederick MD 20678) or by email to the Board’s Clerk.
  • Participate in the hearing live. Board of Appeals  hearings are currently held via Zoom due to COVID-19.  You may participate in a Zoom hearing by calling toll-free from any phone, and you’ll be given the opportunity to testify and to cross-examine the applicant at the hearing. To find out the phone number to participate in the hearing, check our agendas page, where the agenda will be posted about 3 weeks before the hearing, or keep an eye on our homepage. If you'd like to participate by video, please email the Board’s Clerk.

How will my comments be used?

Written comments will become part of the public record. Your personal contact information, such as  email address and phone number, will be redacted;  your name and town of residence will  be included. 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. At the hearing, mention of your correspondence will be included in the evidence list, and it might be read aloud. A mention of your comments will also be included in the final decision for the case.

Live testimony also becomes part of the public record. The hearing's audio and video recordings, as well as  transcripts, are available to the public. Your name and a summary of what you said will also be included in the final decision for the case. 

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
Marcia P. Claggett, Alternate Member 3 07/31/2022
Thomas H. Ireland, Alternate Member 2 09/30/2022
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.