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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  


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.
Historic Preservation Commission

Historic District Commission meets the first Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm in the George Howard Building.

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
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
Design Advisory Panel
The Design Advisory Panel (DAP) reviews development, redevelopment and construction projects within the US Route 1 and Route 40 Corridors, New Town Village Centers and age restricted adult housing that requires a conditional use permit.
Public Transportation Board
Advises the County Executive and County Administration on transportation matters, particularly the County’s local bus system, Howard Transit. Meetings held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the George Howard Building.
Pension Oversight Commission

Function The Commission shall submit an annual report of the status of the County employees and Police and Fire employees’ plans to the County Executive and the County Council. The County Council shall review and accept by Resolution, the annual

Revenue Authority

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

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Holiday Commission

The Howard County Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission was established by order of the Howard County Executive to “…encourage and coordinate appropriate ceremonies and activities honoring Martin Luther King, Jr…” The thirteen member Commission meets one evening a month, at which time, plans for the annual commemoration of Dr. King's birthday are made.

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.

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