The Board of Zoning Appeals
The Frederick County Board of Zoning Appeals (BOA) was established in conjunction with the original Zoning Ordinance in 1959. The County Council appoints the 5 members and 1 alternate who serve staggered 3-year terms. The Board adopts its own administrative procedures and has the following powers:
- To hear and decide appeals where it is alleged there is an error in any order, requirement, decision or determination made by an administrative official in the enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance.
- To hear and decide special exceptions authorized in the Zoning Ordinance
- To authorize, upon appeal in specific cases, a variance from the terms of the Zoning Ordinance
Current Members of the Board of Appeals: Andrew Brown (Chair), Shannon Bohrer (Vice-Chair), Dan Lawton (Secretary), John Greenwell (Member), Gerald Ziemba (Member), Jack Felton (Alternate).
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Meetings are held the fourth Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at Winchester Hall unless otherwise noted on the filing deadlines or by the Chair.
UPDATE: The Board of Appeals have begun the transition to fully in person meetings in the first floor hearing room at Winchester Hall, 12 East Church St., Frederick MD. Applicants and consultants with items on the Board of Appeals agenda will attend meetings in person. Members of the public wishing to provide public comment will have the option of attending in person or calling into the Public Input system.
Agendas are subject to change prior to and during a Board of Appeals (BOA) meeting date. Contact the Planning and Permitting Division for more information.
Thursday, September 28, 2023
First Floor Hearing Room
Winchester Hall, 12 East Church St., Frederick MD
The Staff Reports for the current meeting are linked from the agenda. For prior meetings the staff reports are listed individually in chronological order.
Meeting Summaries are not official minutes. They are descriptions of results for cases case heard at associated BOA meetings.