Planning Commission

Council Liaison: Jim Ringsaker 

Current Members
Harry Miller 9/18/2017 9/18/2022
Farhat Shah 9/18/2017 9/18/2022
Warren Hartenstine
9/18/2017 9/18/2022
Stephanie Ware 12/4/2017 12/4/2022
Volney Ford- Chairman 12/18/2017 12/18/2022
James Miller 9/8/2020 9/8/2025

§ 25-22. Jurisdiction and powers.

There is hereby created a Municipal Planning Commission for the City of Havre de Grace, hereinafter referred to as the “Commission.” Its territorial jurisdiction shall extend over all property located within the incorporated limits of the City of Havre de Grace.

§ 25-23. Membership.

  1. The Commission shall consist of seven members, one of whom may be a member of the City Council of Havre de Grace, Maryland, to serve in an ex officio capacity concurrent with his or her official
  2. The term of each member of the Commission is five years or,  in the case of the City Council member serving in an ex officio capacity, until his or her successor takes
  3. All members of the Commission shall serve without compensation and may be removed by the Mayor and City Council for inefficiency, neglect of duty, or malfeasance in
  4. Upon the death, resignation or removal of any Commissioner, the Mayor shall, as soon as is practical, appoint a Commissioner to complete the term of office of the former Upon the expiration of the term of office of any Commissioner, a successor shall be appointed by the Mayor to serve a five-year term. All Commissioners shall be eligible for reappointment.
  5. The Mayor may appoint one alternate member of the Commission who may sit on the Commission and vote  in  the  absence  of  any member of the Commission. The Mayor may also appoint a temporary alternate to sit on the Commission and vote when the alternate is
  6. All appointments to the Commission made by the Mayor shall be subject to the advice and consent of the

§ 25-24. Officers.

In January of each year, the Commission shall elect a Chairperson and Vice Chairperson from its members for one year, who shall be eligible for re-election.

§ 25-25. Powers and duties.

The Commission shall have the following powers and duties:

  1. The Commission shall review all applications for amendments to the zoning text and map and report the Commission’s findings and recommendations to the Mayor and City
  2. The Commission shall review all applications for variances, conditional uses, special  exceptions, and  modifications  of nonconforming uses and shall report the Commission’s findings and recommendations to the Board of Appeals. The Commission shall review all such applications under the same guidelines applicable to the Board of
  3. The Commission shall review all appeals from decisions of the Zoning Administrator and report the Commission’s findings and recommendations to the Board of
  4. The Commission shall hear and decide matters upon which it is required to pass under provisions of City
  5. The Commission shall have all powers, functions and duties as provided from time to time by Article 66B of the Annotated Code of

§ 25-26. Subdivision control.

From and after the time when the Planning Commission shall have control over subdivisions as provided in the subdivision control provisions of said Article 66B, the jurisdiction of the Commission over plats shall be exclusive within the territory under its jurisdiction, and until that time all such plats shall be first approved by said Commission before approval by the Mayor and City Council of Havre de Grace.

§ 25-27. Meetings and hearings.

  1. In the event the Commission receives a request for approval of a subdivision plat, the following action shall be taken preparatory to holding a hearing thereon:
    • The Commission shall fix a reasonable time for a
    • The property which is the subject of the subdivision shall be posted conspicuously by a zoning notice in a form approved by the Mayor and City Council at least 10 days before the date of the
    • Notification of a hearing shall be made by certified mail to the applicant, and to the owners of those properties contiguous to the property with which the hearing is concerned. The addresses for the owners of these contiguous properties shall be as specified in the assessment records of the Supervisor of Assessments. Such notice shall be postmarked at least seven days prior to the hearing. The cost of certified mail notices shall be borne by the applicant. The term “contiguous properties,” as used herein, includes properties separated from the subject property by a street, lane, alley or roadway of any type.
  2. The following procedures shall be used by the Commission in conducting hearings:
    • All hearings of the Commission shall be open to the public. At the hearing, any party may appear and be heard in person or by
    • The Chairperson or, in the Chairperson’s absence, the Acting Chairperson may administer oaths and request the attendance of
    • For assistance in reaching decisions, the Commission may request testimony at its hearing for purposes of securing technical aid or factual evidence from City commissions, departments or
    • The Commission shall keep records of all of its official actions, all of which shall be filed with the Department of Economic Development and Planning and shall be public
    • Postponement of hearings shall be at the discretion of the Chairperson of the Commission in cases of extreme hardship or upon good cause shown. The Commission may, upon its own initiative, postpone a scheduled hearing at any time. Assessment of cost for advertisement of rescheduled hearings shall be in the discretion of the Commission.
    • The Commission may continue a hearing  to  another  time or date once such hearing has been started; however, the Commission shall announce the date and hour of continuance of such hearing while in
    • The Commission may adopt additional rules with the approval of the Mayor and City Council which may be necessary to exercise the Commission’s