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 meetings will be held 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.
Date Application Deadline
October 7, 2021 August 21, 2021
November 4, 2021 September 23, 2021
December 2, 2021 October 21, 2021
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

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 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 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: Interested parties may submit written comment in a timely manner before the hearing. You may send your comment by mail (Board of Appeals, 205 Main Street, Prince Frederick MD 20678) or by email to the Board of Appeals Clerk. Please note that anonymous comments will not be entered into the official record as a public exhibit for a case. 
  • Verbally: Testimony may be given verbally by attending the Public Hearing and all testimony will be sworn. Board of Appeals  hearings are currently held via Zoom videoconference 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/or to cross-examine the applicant at the hearing. The phone number and meeting I.D. necessary to participate in the Zoom hearing may be obtained by checking the Board of Appeals agendas page. Each monthly agenda is posted approximately 3 weeks prior to the actual hearing date.

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
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.