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Administrative Adjustments
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Upon petition by the property owner, the Department of Planning and Zoning may grant an adjustment from the provisions of the bulk regulations in an amount not to exceed 20% of a stated bulk requirement. This authority  does not apply to those portions of the bulk regulations which control density or minimum lot size.

The Department of Planning and Zoning may also adjust a district map line to follow a lot line, road, river or other clear boundary if certain findings can be made.

Procedures for an Administrative Adjustment:

The Department of Planning and Zoning holds a public hearing for an Administrative Adjustment petition in accordance with Section 100.0.H of the Zoning Regulations. The decision of the Department is appealable to the Howard County Board of Appeals in bulk regulation adjustment cases and to the Zoning Board in district map line adjustment cases. All appeals to the Board of Appeals or the Zoning Board are heard on a de novo basis. You can find the Rules of Procedures for DPZ Administrative Adjustments here.

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Variance Requests
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Section 130.0 outlines the powers of the Hearing Authority.  Among these powers, the Hearing Authority is permitted to grant variances from parking requirements and bulk regulations. Petitions for Residential and Commercial variances are first submitted to the Department of Planning and Zoning for processing and scheduling of a hearing.

Residential Variance Requests

Commercial Variance Requests

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Temporary Uses
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The Director of the Department of Planning and Zoning may authorize a temporary use of land in any district. A temporary use may be authorized for a period not exceeding 90 days. Up to four extensions of the temporary use may be granted by the Director of the Department of Planning and Zoning for periods not exceeding 90 days each, up to a maximum total limit of one year. You can find the Rules of Procedures for DPZ Temporary Use Petitions here.

Temporary Uses

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Conditional Uses
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Uses that are generally appropriate and compatible in a specified zoning district can be authorized as a Conditional Use by the Hearing Authority. Conditional Uses are subject to Section 131.0 of the Zoning Regulations as well as any additional conditions imposed by the Hearing Authority upon approval of the proposed Conditional Use.

Conditional Use Process

Conditional Use Petition Form

Presubmission Community Meeting

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Nonconforming Uses
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Nonconforming Uses, or uses that existed lawfully prior to the current Zoning Regulations but are no longer permitted, are addressed in Section 129.0 of the Zoning Regulations.

The Department of Planning and Zoning may conduct a public hearing and confirm the existence of a nonconforming use based on review of a Petition by the property owner. You can find the Rules of Procedures for DPZ Nonconforming Use Petitions here.

The Hearing Authority may confirm and authorize the extension or enlargement of a nonconforming use or the alteration of outdoor use areas of a structure containing a nonconforming use, with or without conditions, based on upon a Petition by the property owner.

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Public Hearings
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The Department of Planning and Zoning is required to conduct Public Hearings in accordance with Section 100.0.H of the Zoning Regulations. At least 15 days prior to the hearing, the property which is the subject of the hearing shall be posted with the date, time and place of the hearing. All hearings are scheduled and held at the George Howard building at 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, MD 20143.

The Department of Planning and Zoning prepares and maintains an official record of the proceedings for each petition, including exhibits presented at the hearing. Click to view a list of upcoming hearings.

Administrative Adjustment Virtual Hearings

January 26th at 10:30 a.m.

For this petition, the Department of Planning and Zoning will host a Virtual Administrative Adjustment Hearing

  • AA-21-0125816 Forest Hill Road (Eleanora and Daniel Wickenheiser)
  • To reduce the front setbacks from 50 feet to 45 feet and to reduce the rear setbacks from 30 feet to 26 feet for a garage addition
  • Wednesday, January 26th at 10:30 a.m.
  • To attended through WebEx, Register online prior to 12:00 noon on Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Those who sign-up online will receive instructions and a call-in attendee code. If you are registering as a party in opposition and have evidence to submit, please email all documentation using the link below prior to 12:00 noon on Tuesday, January 25, 2022.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us here. Please include your name and any additional information.

Contact Justin Tyler Email
February 4th at 10:30 a.m.

For this petition, the Department of Planning and Zoning will host a Virtual Administrative Adjustment Hearing

  • AA-21-01310236 New Forest Court (Joseph Shane Kunkle)
  • To reduce the side yard setback from 10 feet to 8 feet for a house addition
  • Friday, February 4th at 10:30 a.m.
  • To attended through WebEx, Register online prior to 12:00 noon on Thursday, February 3, 2022

Those who sign-up online will receive instructions and a call-in attendee code. If you are registering as a party in opposition and have evidence to submit, please email all documentation using the link below prior to 12:00 noon on Thursday, February 3, 2022.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us here. Please include your name and any additional information.

Contact Peter G. Conrad Email

Temporary Use Virtual Hearings

TBD

There are no Temporary Use Hearings scheduled at this time.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us here. Please include your name and any additional information.

Contact Peter G. Conrad Email

Nonconforming Use Confirmation Virtual Hearings

December 6, 2021, 10am

For this petition, the Department of Planning and Zoning will host a Hybrid Nonconforming Use Confirmation Hearing

  • NCU-21-004, 5868 Washington Blvd (Quality Cars and Service)
  • Monday, December 6th at 10:00 a.m.

There are two options to attend the hearing:

  • In-Person at the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, Maryland 21043
  • Via WebEx virtual telepresence.
  • To attended through WebEx, Register online prior to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 3, 2021

Those who sign-up online will receive instructions and a call-in attendee code. If you are registering as a party in opposition and have evidence to submit, please email all documentation using the link below prior to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 22, 2021.

Contact Peter G. Conrad Email
December 22, 2021, 10:30am

For this petition, the Department of Planning and Zoning will host a Hybrid Nonconforming Use Confirmation Hearing

  • NCU-21-003, 9921-B Washington Blvd (Carport Auto Sales)
  • Wednesday, December 22th at 10:30 a.m.

There are two options to attend the hearing:

  • In-Person at the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, Maryland 21043
  • Via WebEx virtual telepresence.
  • To attended through WebEx, Register online prior to 12:00 noon on Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Those who sign-up online will receive instructions and a call-in attendee code. If you are registering as a party in opposition and have evidence to submit, please email all documentation using the link below prior to 12:00 noon on Tuesday, December 21, 2021.

Contact Peter G. Conrad Email
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