Planning Advisory Board


  • 6 p.m.
  • Second Wednesday of every month
  • 220 S. Main Street
     First Floor Conference Room
    Bel Air, MD 21014

Agendas & minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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  • Aaron Penman
    Term expires: December 5, 2022
  • Geoffrey R. Close
    Term expires: December 5, 2022

  • James D. Thornton
    Term expires: December 5, 2022
  • Diane Sengstacke
    Term expires: December 5, 2022

About the board

The Planning Advisory Board consists of five qualified voters of the county. No more than three members can be from the same political party. Members are appointed by the county executive and confirmed by the county council. Members will serve coterminous with the county executive, who will designate a member of the board as chair.


A summary of their duties include:
  1. The board will make recommendations to the director of Planning and Zoning and the county council relating to master plans, zoning maps, rules and regulations relating to planning and zoning.
  2. At least every eight years, the board will prepare general guidelines for use by the Department of Planning and Zoning in the preparation or revision of master plans.
The Planning Advisory Board is not accepting applications. Please call Jenny B. Jarkowski at 410-638-3103 for more information.