Zoning Board of Appeals


  • 4:00 p.m.
  • 1st Wednesday of each month
  • City Hall
    Council Chambers
    57 N Liberty Street
    Cumberland, MD 21502


Member Seat Position Term Start Date
Term End Date
Charles Taylor, Jr. Seat 2
Chair November 04, 2023 November 04, 2026
Dominic Dearcangelis Seat 4 Vice Chair
February 21, 2023 February 21, 2026
Bernard J. Lechman
Seat 1
Secretary January 14, 2023
January 14, 2026
Philip Crippen Seat 5
Member January 14, 2023  January 14, 2026
Charissa Bishop Seat 3
Member December 19, 2023 December 19, 2026


The power and duties of the Zoning Board of Appeals are authorized per Chapter 25, Section 7 of the Municipal Code. The Board consists of 5 members to be appointed by the Mayor and City Council, each for a term of 3 years.

General Powers & Duties

The Zoning Board of Appeals shall meet to hear and decide appeals where it is alleged there is error in any order, requirement, decision, or determination made by the Zoning Administrator in the enforcement, interpretation or administration of the Municipal Code.

Among other duties, they shall hear all challenges to issue of fact or interpretation relative to the Municipal Code or Zoning Map, may authorize variances from the Ordinance, decide on applications for conditional uses, and authorize lawful nonconforming uses.

Further powers and procedures of the Board may be found in Section 7 of the Municipal Code, or by contacting the City.

Join the Board

We are always looking for capable individuals interested in serving our Community. Please complete the interest form so you can be considered for one of the Board or Commissions appointments.

PC Mikayla Dodge 4