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The Department of Land Use and Development Services relies on citizen volunteers to staff most of its boards, commissions, and committees.  To contact a member of one of these boards, please use the following information.  Please be advised that although written comments may be directed to one staff member or one citizen volunteer, the comments will be shared with all members of the pertinent board, commission, or committee.  Additional information about each board is available below.

Agricultural Preservation Advisory Board

Originally created to review applications for the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Program, this board reviews applications to ensure that requirements of State laws are met.

Staff contact:  Mr. Stephen O'Connor, AICP

Members Term Expires
Norman Anderson  
8/1/2019
William Ewing  8/1/2019 
Shelly Hastings  8/1/2022
Bob Miller, Chairman  8/1/2021
Charles Robinson  8/1/2019 

Board of Appeals

The Board of Appeals is appointed by the County Executive (and confirmed by the County Council) and serves as a citizen review board for County planning decisions.  The board is a quasi-judicial board, which makes decisions on special exceptions, variances and appeals.  The Board of Appeals holds public meetings on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM.  Please refer to the actual meeting agendas for the precise date and meeting locations. 

Staff contact:  Mr. Stephen O'Connor, AICP

Members
Term Expires
Brad Carrillo 
8/15/2020
James Eder 
8/31/2018 
Michael Linkous 
8/15/2020
Mark Saunders 
8/15/2019
Brandon D. Witt
8/31/2018 
Willard Whiteman, Alternate  8/15/2019
Cameron Brown, Attorney 

Historic District Commission

The Historic District Commission (HDC) derives its authority from Article XI, Part IV, Section 245 of the Cecil County Zoning Ordinance and Section 8, Article 66B of the Annotated Code of Maryland. The HDC's duties include making recommendation on applications for historic designation, to recommend that such designation be rescinded or amended, to issue or deny certificates of appropriateness for designated structures, and to inform and educate the citizens of Cecil County on the historic and architectural heritage of the County. The Commission meets at 3:00 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.  Please refer to the actual meeting agendas for the precise date and meeting locations. 

Staff contact:  Mr. Eric S. Sennstrom, AICP

Members  Term Expires
Patricia Folk, Chairperson  3/1/2020
Heidi Coleman
3/1/2019
Michael W. Dawson  3/1/2019
Mike Dixon 
3/1/2020
Audrey Edwards 
3/1/2018
Ron Edwards  3/1/2018
Nancy Simpers 
3/1/2018

Planning Commission

The Planning Commission meets the third Monday of each month at 6:00 pm. Please refer to the actual meeting agendas for the precise date and meeting locations. 

The Planning Commission is appointed by the County Executive (and confirmed by the County Council).  The Planning Commission serves as a citizen review board and makes recommendations to the Board of Appeals or County Commissioners regarding rezoning cases, special exceptions, amendments or changes to County Ordinances. The Planning Commission has the authority to approve all major subdivisions of land.

Staff contact:  Mr. Anthony J. DiGiacomo, AICP

Members  Term Expires
B. Patrick Doordan, Chairman 
8/31/2018 
A. Chad Johnston 
8/3/2020
Peter Kirsh
8/3/2020
Bill Miners
8/3/2019
Roger Persons 
8/31/2018
Wyatt K. Wallace  8/3/2019
Thomas Mullen, Alternate  8/31/2018
James A. Dellmyer, Attorney