Zoning Board

The Howard County Zoning Board will host hybrid hearings or worksessions for the below cases. If you would like to join the meeting to view and hear the presentation you may attend in the Banneker Room in the George Howard Building or attend virtually via WebEx. If you wish to testify at a hearing, you will need to register. Please contact the Board Administrator to register to testify at [email protected]

Exhibit submission information:

All Exhibits must be submitted to [email protected] 24 hours before the hearing.


WebEx test meeting link: This link provides instructions for the test meeting (not required, but helpful):

For Technical Assistance during the hearing please e-mail [email protected] for immediate response.

Those who wish to participate virtually will need to sign up online at the links provided below.

Upcoming Meetings:
Zoning Board Meeting (continued from March 15, 2023)
March 29, 2023 (To follow the General Plan Work Session)

Meeting to discuss and agree on the final Rules of Procedure 



Hearing Examiner Proposed Rules of Procedures (changes redlined)

Zoning Board Proposed Rules of Procedures (changes redlined)

Cover Letter from Consultants

Zoning Board Suggested Edits




Previous Recent Meetings

November 17, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.

RFQ No. 01-2022 Public Meeting to permit comment on proposed new Zoning Board Rules of Procedure responsive to CB 77-2021.

Proposed changes by consultants: 

16.100 Redlined Revisions
16.200 Redlined Revisions
16.1000 Redlined Revisions
22.900 Redlined Revisions
HCZR Section 101 Redlined Revisions
HCZR Section 103 Redlined Revisions
HE Rules FINAL for public meeting 
HE Rules Redlined for Pubic Meeting 
ZB Rules FINAL for public meeting 
ZB Rules Redlined for public meeting


Dan O'Leary
Stu Kohn
Joan Lancos
Lisa Markovitz


September 28, 2022 @7pm
Zoning Board Public Hearing


1. Motion to Retain Jurisdiction and Suspend Appellate Deadlines
2. Hurewitz Motion to Strike 
3. Hurewitz Motion for 10 days 
4. Schwartz Motion in Opposition 
5. Order

Motion in Response to Zoning Board Order to Suspend Decision and Order

Party of Records submitted written statements:

  1. Mr. Alan Schwartz Response
  2. Mr. Joel Hurewitz Response
  3. Mr. G. Macy Nelson Response
Howard County Zoning Board RFQ No. 01-2022:

Council RFQ No. 001-2022: Rules of procedure
OPENING DATE: August 17, 2022 AT 5:00 P.M.
PRE-BID CONFERENCE: September 7, 2022 AT 2:00 P.M.
QUOTATIONS DUE: September 14, 2022 by 5:00 p.m.

Click here for Request Quote Document: Request Quote Document

Click for: ADDENDUM NO. 1 FOR RFQ NO. 001-2022

The Zoning Board issued a request for quotes to evaluate Zoning Board Rules of Procedure and implementation of CB 77-2021 (Hearing Examiner).

June 1, 2022 written testimony from the public regarding CB77-2021 may be found HERE




Currently Scheduled

None at this time

To Be Scheduled

ZB 1126M - Howard County Dept. of Public Works (Courthouse)

Continued by request of the Zoning Board

To change the zoning of the former Howard County
Courthouse properties totaling approx. 6.19 acres from
HO (Historic Office) to HC (Historic Commercial)
(8360 Court Avenue, 1 Park Ave. & 3716 Court Place)
For more information and details, click here.


Previous Recent Cases

To rezone 62.11 acres from B-2 & RC-DEO to CEF-M
for development of a continuing care retirement community
and to permit the expansion/relocation and architectural
enhancement of the existing Freestate Gasoline Service Station
(MD 108, 12170 Clarksville Pike & p/o 5450 Sheppard Lane)
For more information and details, click here.

ZB 1119M  - HRVC Ltd. Partnership, c/o Kimco Realty Corp.

Redevelopment of Hickory Ridge Village Center
To amend the Preliminary Development Plan
(6430-6470 Freetown Road, Columbia, MD)
For more information and details, click here.



Council members comprise the membership of the Zoning Board, the county's zoning authority. The Zoning Board guides the future growth of the County in accordance with a General Plan which is developed to ensure the most beneficial and coherent relationships among the county's residential, nonresidential and public areas. The County's zoning regulations guard the character, social, and economic stability of the County.


Liz Walsh, Chair
Opel Jones, Vice Chair
Deb Jung
Christiana Rigby
David Yungmann


All Zoning Board hearings are held in the Banneker Room unless noted otherwise. For further information, please contact the Zoning Board Office at (410) 313-2395.

Zoning Counsel

A Zoning Counsel is employed by the County Council on a part-time, contractual basis. The Zoning Counsel appears at all Zoning Board hearings concerning piecemeal zoning map amendments for the purposes of producing evidence and testimony in support of the comprehensive zoning classification of the property and to facilitate the compilation of a complete record. The Zoning Counsel may present evidence and witnesses, examine and cross-examine witnesses, and present argument, however, does not represent the County, is not a party to a case and does not have a right of appeal in connection with any case. The Zoning Counsel may advise citizens individually and is available to speak to any group regarding zoning procedures in Howard County, but cannot engage in the practice of law or render legal advice. The current Zoning Counsel is Eileen Powers.