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Howard County Boards and Commissions play an important role in fostering citizen involvement in our government. County Boards or Commissions cover a wide variety of topics ranging from the environment, fire and rescue services and cable, just to name a few.  Board or Commission members advise various County personnel on specific matters for which they are an expert. In some instances, Board or Commission members recommend or comment on legislation, budget items or other important policy changes. 

Adult Public Guardianship Review Board  Health, Board of 
Aging, Commission on  Historic District Commission 
Agricultural Land Preservation Board (County) Housing Commission 
Agricultural Land Preservation Advisory Board (State) Housing and Community Development Board 
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Advisory Board  Human Rights Commission 
Animal Matters Hearing Board  Library Trustees, Board of 
Cable Advisory Committee  Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission 
Cemetery Preservation Advisory Board   Mental Health Authority 
Children’s Board, Local   Pension Oversight Commission 
Compensation Review Commission 2013; 2009  Personnel Board 
Consumer Affairs, Advisory Board on  Planning Board 
Design Advisory Panel  Plumbing Advisory Board 
Disability Issues, Commission on  Property Tax Assessment Appeals Board
Economic Development Authority  Public Works Board 
Elections, Board of  Recreation and Parks Board 
Electrical Examiners, Board of  Revenue Authority 
Environmental Sustainability Board  Self Sufficiency, Board to Promote 
Equal Business Opportunity Commission  Social Services, Board of
Ethics Commission  Soil Conservation District 
Fire and Rescue Services Board  Transportation Board, Public 
Hate-Bias Impact Panel   Veterans and Military Families, Commission for  
  Women, Commission for 
  Workforce Investment Board, Mid-Maryland
  Zoning Board  

 

Equal Business Opportunity Commission

Function To assist the efforts of the county in procuring goods and services from minority business enterprises, women business enterprises and disabled business enterprises pursuant to the County’s Equal Business Opportunity Program, and to monitor the activities of the Economic

Public Transportation Board
Advises the County Executive and County Administration on transportation matters, particularly the County’s local bus system, Howard Transit. Meetings held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the George Howard Building.
Planning Board
The Planning Board is a 5 member Board that hears Zoning and Development cases in Howard County. The Planning Board typically meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month in the Howard Building.
Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission was established in 1969, and is composed of 11 members and a non voting member, who is a student under 18 years old. Commissioners must live in the county and they represent diversity of Howard County citizens.

Revenue Authority

Function: To finance, or operate cultural, recreational (excluding golf courses), and parking facilities. 

Board of Social Services

Meetings  3rd Monday of each month from 4 00 pm 5 30 pm at the Howard County Department of Social Services located at 7121 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia in the Director's Board Room.   For more information go to the

Design Advisory Panel
The Design Advisory Panel (DAP) reviews development, redevelopment and construction projects within the US Route 1 and Route 40 Corridors, New Town Village Centers and age restricted adult housing that requires a conditional use permit.
DPZ - Administrative Hearings; Hearing Examiner; Board of Appeals; Zoning Board Hearings
DPZ Administrative Hearings - Hearing Examiner, Board of Appeals, and Zoning Board Hearings Agenda
Cemetery Preservation Advisory Board

 

Historic District Commission

Historic District Commission meets the first Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm in the George Howard Building.

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