Planning Commission


  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Second Wednesday of every month
  • Health and Public Services Building
    Room 111
    403 S. Seventh St.
    Denton, MD 21629

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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View the Planning Commission submission and meeting schedule.


Name Role Type Term Term
Daniel Franklin Ex-Officio Commissioner N/A N/A N/A
Nancy Minahan
Citizen First 8/9/16 8/8/21
Charles Mosca
Member Citizen Second 5/21/13 5/21/23
Keith Neal
Vice-Chair Citizen Second 1/1/13 12/31/22
John Schmidt Chairman  Citizen Fifth 9/1/92 9/1/23
Derek Simmons Member Citizen First 9/5/17  9/4/21
Jeffrey N. Powell Member Citizen First 1/14/16 1/13/21


Seven residents of Caroline County, including one County Commissioner, all appointed by the County Commissioners.


Members are chosen and appointed by the Commissioners.

Term of Office

Term is five years. Each member shall serve no more than 2 consecutive terms. After completing a second term, a member may not be reappointed for 2 years.

Charge / Authority

(Code of Local Public Laws of Caroline County, §175-86 to §175-91)(Maryland Code, Article 66B, §3.01)
The Planning Commission shall have the following powers and duties:
  • To review, evaluate, and approve or disapprove plans for subdivisions, mobile home developments, and Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) receiving areas in accordance with Chapter 175 of the Code of Public Local Laws of Caroline County and the Caroline County Subdivision Regulations.
  • To review and make recommendations to the County Commissioners regarding the following:
    • Proposed acquisition and development of lands for county open space or recreation purposes
    • Proposed changes in land use or development arising from local, state or federal programs or policies
    • Proposed changes or amendments to the Caroline County Comprehensive Plan
    • Proposed changes or amendments to the Subdivision Regulations
    • Proposed rezoning
    • Proposed text amendments to the Zoning Ordinance
    • To hear appeals concerning the approval or disapproval of site plans