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Howard County Boards and Commissions play an important role in fostering citizen involvement in our government. County Boards or Commissions cover a wide variety of topics ranging from the environment, fire and rescue services and cable, just to name a few.  Board or Commission members advise various County personnel on specific matters for which they are an expert. In some instances, Board or Commission members recommend or comment on legislation, budget items or other important policy changes. 

Adult Public Guardianship Review Board  Health, Board of 
Aging, Commission on  Historic District Commission 
Agricultural Land Preservation Board (County) Housing Commission 
Agricultural Land Preservation Advisory Board (State) Housing and Community Development Board 
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Advisory Board  Human Rights Commission 
Animal Matters Hearing Board  Library Trustees, Board of 
Cable Advisory Committee  Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission 
Cemetery Preservation Advisory Board   Mental Health Authority 
Children’s Board, Local   Pension Oversight Commission 
Compensation Review Commission 2013; 2009  Personnel Board 
Consumer Affairs, Advisory Board on  Planning Board 
Design Advisory Panel  Plumbing Advisory Board 
Disability Issues, Commission on 

Downtown Columbia Partnership 
Property Tax Assessment Appeals Board
Economic Development Authority  Public Works Board 
Elections, Board of  Recreation and Parks Board 
Electrical Examiners, Board of  Revenue Authority 
Environmental Sustainability Board  Self Sufficiency, Board to Promote 
Equal Business Opportunity Commission  Social Services, Board of 
Ethics Commission  Soil Conservation District 
Fire and Rescue Services Board  Transportation Board, Public 
Hate-Bias Impact Panel   Veterans and Military Families, Commission for  
  Women, Commission for 
  Workforce Investment Board, Mid-Maryland
  Zoning Board  


Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission was established in 1969, and is composed of 11 members and a non voting member, who is a student under 18 years old. Commissioners must live in the county and they represent diversity of Howard County citizens.

Board to Promote Self-Sufficiency
In 2008, legislation to establish a Board to Promote Self Sufficiency was introduced by the County Executive and passed by the County Council. The purpose of the Board is to Support the goal of the Human Services Master Plan to
2014 Advisory Board Meetings and Agendas

January   Agenda | Minutes

Planning Board Archives
Summary of the Planning Boards' Minutes, Staff Reports, Decision and Orders and Recommendations from January, 2009 to the present.
Planning Board
The Planning Board is a 5 member Board that hears Zoning and Development cases in Howard County. The Planning Board typically meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month in the Howard Building.
Public Works Board Archives
DECEMBER 10, 2008 Agenda JANUARY 13, 2009 Agenda FEBRUARY 10, 2009 Agenda |   Minutes | Capital Project W-8310 | W-8310 Map APRIL 14, 2009 Agenda | Minutes | GTW's Waverly Woods Map | Trotters Run Map
DPZ - Administrative Hearings; Hearing Examiner; Board of Appeals; Zoning Board Hearings
DPZ Administrative Hearings - Hearing Examiner, Board of Appeals, and Zoning Board Hearings Agenda
Ethics Commission

Function:  Advisory body responsible for interpreting Public Ethics section of Code and advising persons subject to its application hearing and deciding complaints of alleged violations of the public ethics rules and regulations, and be custodian for all forms submitted by any person in compliance with ethics rules and regulations.



Revenue Authority

Function: To finance, or operate cultural, recreational (excluding golf courses), and parking facilities. 

Commission on Disability Issues
Howard County, Maryland Chairperson Richard Cohen Vice Chairperson Jean Daniello The 15 member Commission is appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council. To achieve their
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