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Planning Commision

Front Row: Lloyd Kaufman, John Bauer, Chair, Danny Winborne
Back Row: Matthew Hopkins, Vice Chair, Ruthzaly Weich, Philip Wessell 

The Planning Commission directs the growth and development of the City by reviewing all annexation requests, zoning applications, subdivision plats, development review plans, applications and plans for municipal improvements.

Many of these processes are done in conjunction with the Mayor & City Council. The Planning Commission frequently attends Joint Public Hearings & Work Sessions with the Mayor & City Council on current development and long range planning issues. The Commission is supported by the Planning Division of the Department of Planning & Code Administration.

Powers and duties of the Planning Commission are outlined in the City’s Zoning Ordinance, which is in Chapter 24 of the City Code. Additionally, the Planning Commission authority and duties are regulated by the State of Maryland in the Land Use Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland.

The Planning Commission consists of five members and one alternate. Members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council to serve five-year terms; the members may be reappointed.

Meetings are generally the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.