Commissions and Boards

Planning Commission

1) reviews, evaluates, and approves or disapproves plans for subdivisions, and mobile home subdivisions;

2) reviews and makes recommendations to the Town Council regarding proposed changes or amendments to the Denton Comprehensive Plan, proposed text amendments to the Zoning Ordinance, proposed rezoning, proposed changes or amendments to land subdivision, proposed acquisition and development of lands for Town open space or recreation purposes, proposed changes in land use or development arising from local, state, or federal programs or policies and development site plans. The commission meets the last Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. in the Denton Town Office building.

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Utility Commission

The Denton Utility Commission provides an independent and representative review for the Town Council of water, sewer, and highway issues that have significant impact on rates and customer service. The Commission makes recommendations to the Town Council with the goal of ensuring that the impact on Town citizens and customers is appropriately considered in setting rates and making related policy decisions.

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Historic and Architectural Review Commission

Pursuant to Section 8.03 of the Annotated Code of Maryland, the Denton Town Council shall create and appoint members for a “Historic and Architectural Review Commission.”

The Historic and Architectural Review Commission shall have a membership of five (5) members, all of whom are qualified by special interest, knowledge, or training in such fields, but not limited to said fields, as history, architecture, archaeology, preservation, or urban design; and, of which two (2) of the five (5) members shall have professional qualifications which shall be determined according to the guidelines set forth in “Procedures for State Certification of Local Government Historic Preservation Programs,” as established by the Maryland Historical Trust in February 1985 in or mor more of the said fields; and, 4 of 5 members shall be residents of the Town.

All members of the Historic and Architectural Review Commission shall, to the extent possible, be selected to represent the geographical, social, economic, and cultural concerns of the residents of the Town of Denton.

The members shall be appointed for terms of three (3) years

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Board of Appeals

The Board of Appeals

1) hears and decides appeals where it is alleged that there is error in any order, requirement, decision, or determination made by the Zoning Administrator;

2) hears and decides special exceptions;

3) authorizes upon appeal such variances as will not be contrary to the public interest, where, owing to special conditions, the enforcement of the provisions of this chapter will result in unwarranted hardship, and injustice, but which will most nearly accomplish the purpose and intent of this chapter and

4) determines, in cases of uncertainty, the classifications as to district of any use not named as a permitted use, provided such use shall be in keeping with uses specifically named in the district regulations.

Board meets as necessary in the Denton Town Hall.

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Board of Elections

The Board of Supervisors of Election shall consist of three members who shall be appointed by the Town Council on or before the first Monday in July. The terms of members of the Board of Supervisors of Election begin on the first Monday in July in the year in which they are appointed and run for two years. Members of the Board shall be qualified voters of the Town and shall not hold or be candidates for any elective office during their terms in office. The Board shall appoint one of its members as Chairman. Vacancies on the Board shall be filled by the Councilpersons consent for the remainder of the unexpired term.

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Ethics Commission

The Town of Denton Ethics Commission which shall be composed of three members appointed by the Mayor and Council. The Commission shall be advised by the Town Attorney and shall have the responsibilities as established in Chapter 14 of the Town Code.

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