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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: 410-887-3482

Members

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. There are no term limits.

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 booklet. (PDF)

Apply for a vacancy online.

NameDate AppointedCurrent Term 
Expires
Appointed By
Henry Callegary10/13/202012/31/2022Executive
At Large
Nancy Hafford01/01/201212/31/2023Executive
At Large
Paul Hartman07/13/201712/31/2020Council
District 5
Mark Heckman02/11/201912/31/2019Council
District 2
Steven Heinl2/19/201912/31/2021Executive
At Large
C. Scott Holupka02/13/201912/31/2021Executive
At Large
Derick C. Johnson11/18/202012/31/2022Executive
At Large
Wayne C. McGinnis01/01/199812/31/2021Council
District 3
Howard Perlow02/18/201112/31/2021Executive
At Large
N. Scott Phillips
Chairman
10/10/201212/31/2019Executive
At Large
Cathryn Pinheiro02/13/201912/31/2023Executive
At Large
Robert D. Schweitzer3/29/201812/31/2021Council
District 7
Todd Warren07/17/201512/31/2020Council
District 1
Cathy Wolfson11/15/201512/31/2021Council
District 4

Meetings 

The Planning Board meets on the first and third Thursday of each month, excluding August and December. Special meetings of the Board or Committees are scheduled as necessary. All meetings are open to the public. No meetings will be held when County schools are either closed for the day or subject to early dismissal due to inclement weather. For questions regarding the cancellation of a meeting, please call the office at 410-887-3482.

Unless otherwise noted, meetings begin at 4 p.m. in Room 104 of the Jefferson Building, 105 West Chesapeake Avenue, Towson. The tentative agenda for each meeting is available by the Thursday of the preceding week at the Department of Planning and on this page. Subscribe to receive email notifications when the latest Planning Board meeting documents have been posted.

For the majority of agenda items, the Board first conducts an advertised introduction and review at least two weeks before voting on its decisions or recommendations. Either through public hearings or scheduled opportunities during meetings, citizens can participate by offering verbal or written testimony. Written testimony sent in advance is always welcome. Use of the hearing room audio-visual equipment at public hearings is permitted if the Planning Board's policy (PDF) is followed.

Minutes are available below in PDF format and open in a new window.

2020 

DateTimeLocationMeeting Documents
January 164 p.m.—CIP: Planning Board Meeting: County Executive Presents Capital Improvement ProgramJefferson Building, Room 104
February 6
  • 4 p.m.—Planning Board Meeting
  • 4:30 p.m.—Public Hearing: Basic Services Maps and Broadway Estates
  • 5:30 p.m.—CIP: Department of Public Works Presentation
  • 6 p.m.—CIP: Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability Presentation
  • 6:15 p.m.—CIP: Department of Planning Presentation
  • 6:30 p.m.—CIP: Department of Recreation and Parks Presentation
  • 6:45 p.m.—CIP: Office of Budget and Finance, Property Management Presentation
Jefferson Building, Room 104
February 115:30 p.m.—CIP: Hold as Alternative DateJefferson Building, Room 104Canceled.
February 13
  • 5:30 p.m.—CIP: Department of Education Presentation
  • 6 p.m.—CIP: Community Colleges Presentation
Jefferson Building, Room 205Will be posted when available.
February 185:30 p.m.—CIP: Staff RecommendationsJefferson Building, Room 104Canceled.
February 20
  • 4:30 p.m.—Planning Board Meeting
  • 5:00 p.m.—Public Hearing: Master Plan Conflict
  • 5:30 p.m.—CIP: Staff Recommendations
Jefferson Building, Room 104
February 255:30 p.m.—CIP: Committee Vote—Alternative DateJefferson Building, Room 104Canceled.
March 55:45 p.m.—Planning Board Final Vote and CZMP HearingNote change in location: Pikesville High School, Auditorium
March 194 p.m.—Planning Board MeetingJefferson Building, Room 104Canceled.
April 24 p.m.—Planning Board MeetingJefferson Building, Room 104Canceled.
April 164 p.m.—Planning Board MeetingJefferson Building, Room 104Canceled.
May 74 p.m.—Planning Board MeetingJefferson Building, Room 104Canceled.
May 214 p.m.—Planning Board Meeting and Final Vote on CZMPWatch the recording.
June 44 p.m.—Planning Board MeetingJefferson Building, Room 104Canceled.
June 184 p.m.—Planning Board MeetingWatch the recording.
July 24 p.m.—Planning Board MeetingJefferson Building, Room 104Canceled.
July 16
  • 4:45 p.m.—Planning Board Meeting
  • 5 p.m.— Public Hearing: Cycle 38 Water Supply and Sewerage
Watch the recording.
September 34 p.m.—Planning Board MeetingWatch the recording.
September 174 p.m.—Planning Board MeetingWatch the recording.
October 1
  • 4:50 p.m.—Planning Board Meeting
  • 5 p.m.—Public Hearing: Water Supply and Sewerage Plan 2020 Triennial Review
  • Immediately following—Public Hearing: Proposal—Definition for Dormitories in the Baltimore County Zoning Regulations
Watch the recording.
October 15
  • 4 p.m.—Planning Board Meeting
  • 5 p.m.—Capital Improvement Program (CIP): Citizen Input Meeting (CIM)
Watch the Planning Board recording.

Watch the CIM recording.
November 5
  • 4:50 p.m.—Planning Board Meeting
  • 5 p.m.—Public Hearing: Amendment to 10-Year Solid Waste Plan: Office Building Recycling
  • Immediately following—Public Hearing: Agricultural Buildings-Value-Added Agricultural Uses (Resolution No. 12-20)
Watch the recording.
November 194 p.m.—Planning Board MeetingWatch the recording.

2019 

DateTimeMeeting Documents
January 34 p.m.—Planning Board Meeting 
January 17
  • 4 p.m.—Planning Board Meeting: County Executive Presents Capital Improvement Program (CIP)
  • 4:30 p.m.—CIP: Department of Public Works Presentation
  • 5 p.m.—CIP: Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability Presentation
January 24
  • 5:30 p.m.—CIP: Department of Education Presentation
  • 6 p.m.—CIP: Community Colleges Presentation
Will be posted when available.
January 315:30 p.m.—CIP: Hold as Alternative DateWill be posted when available.
February 7
  • 4 p.m.—Planning Board Meeting 
  • 5:30 p.m.—CIP: Staff Recommendations and Final Committee Vote
February 145:30 p.m.—Hold as Alternative DateWill be posted when available.
February 21
  • 4 p.m.—Planning Board Meeting
  • 5:30 p.m.—CIP: Hold as Alternative Date
March 74 p.m.—Planning Board Meeting and CIP Final Vote
March 214 p.m.—Planning Board Meeting
April 44 p.m.—Planning Board Meeting
April 184 p.m.—Planning Board Meeting
May 24 p.m.—Planning Board Meeting
May 164 p.m.—Planning Board Meeting
June 64 p.m.—Planning Board Meeting
June 204 p.m.—Planning Board Meeting
July 18
  • 4:30 p.m.—Planning Board Meeting
  • 5 p.m.—Public Hearing: Cycle 37 Water Supply and Sewerage Master Plan Amendments
September 54 p.m.—Planning Board Meeting
September 194 p.m.—Planning Board Meeting
October 3
  • 4:45 p.m.—Planning Board Meeting
  • 5 p.m.—Public Hearing: Resolution 73-19–Planning Board—Conversion of Commercial Space—Condominium and Apartment-style Buildings
October 175 p.m.—CIP: Citizen Input Meeting
November 74 p.m.—Planning Board Meeting
November 214 p.m.—Planning Board Meeting
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