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Planning Board

The Planning Board, established by the County Charter, consists of 15 members, serving for three-year terms, staggered so that one-third of the terms expires each year. Each of the seven County Council members appoints a Board member from the respective County Council District. The County Executive appoints the other eight members and nominates the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson, subject to confirmation by the County Council.

Board members are volunteers who contribute many hours of service preparing for, and participating in the Board's meetings, hearings and decisions. They cannot hold salaried positions in County government, and they do not receive any salary as members. More information about the Planning Board is contained in the booklet, "Planning Board Basics" (PDF)

Role of Planning Board

The County Charter gives the Planning Board a major role in recommending the content of the Capital Program and Budget. The Board's other advisory responsibilities are established in the County Code or by Executive Order. They include making recommendations or decisions on:

  • The Baltimore County Master Plan
  • Area and special plans and other amendments to the Master Plan
  • The Comprehensive Zoning Map Process
  • Amendments to zoning and related regulations  
  • Functional plans, such as the Master Water and Sewerage Plan and Basic Services Maps 
  • Developments that conflict with the master plan or involve historic landmarks

Staff Contact: Lynn Lanham, 410-887-3480, mlanham@baltimorecountymd.gov

Revised May 16, 2014

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