Questions?

... or information about the Critical Area Program or questions relating to State oversight of local programs, e-mail Lisa.Hoerger@maryland.gov or call 410-260-3478.

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Critical Area Commission
1804 West Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

Telephone:410-260-3460
Fax:410-974-5338

Maryland Critical Area Commission Contacts

If you have general questions about the Critical Area Law and Criteria click here.

For policy, regulatory or mapping issues click here.

For issues related to the Buffer, other Habitat Protection Areas, or conservation and mitigation practices click here.

For more specific questions, please select from the list of counties in order to direct you to the appropriate staff person.

Map of Maryland counties. 

Anne Arundel County Baltimore City Baltimore County
Calvert County Caroline County Cecil County
Charles County Dorchester County Harford County
Kent County Prince George's County Queen Anne's County
Somerset County St. Mary's County Talbot County
Wicomico County Worcester County


Kate Charbonneau

Executive Director

General Questions on the Critical Area Law and Criteria.

E-mail: Katherine.Charbonneau@maryland.gov
Phone: 410-260-3475


Lisa Hoerger
Mapping and Regulations Coordinator

Coordinates among the Commission, State government, local governments and various stakeholders pertaining to the regulations and policies of the Commission.  Also coordinates the remapping of the 1,000-foot Critical Area boundary. 

Jurisdictions:

Department of Defense
Harford County

Aberdeen
Havre de Grace

E-mail: Lisa.Hoerger@maryland.gov
Phone: 410-260-3478


Claudia Jones
Science Advisor

Program and policy issues regarding Habitat Protection Areas, wetlands streams and concerns relating to habitat protection and water quality. Specific questions about conservation, protective easements, and mitigation.

Jurisdictions:

Baltimore County

Email: Claudia.Jones@maryland.gov
Phone: 410-260-3482


Nick Kelly
Regional Program Chief

General Project and Program Questions including site plans, subdivisions, variances, violations, amendments to local programs, growth allocations, Critical Area map issues, shore erosion control, etc.

Jurisdictions:

Queen Anne’s County
Centreville
Church Hill
Queen Anne
Queenstown

E-mail: Nick.Kelly@maryland.gov
Phone: 410-260-3483


Charlotte Shearin
Regional Program Chief

General project and program questions including site plans, subdivisions, variances, violations, amendments to local programs, growth allocations, Critical Area map issues, etc.

Jurisdictions:

St. Mary’s County
Leonardtown
Greenwell State Park
Historic St. Mary’s City
St. Mary’s College

E-mail: Charlotte.Shearin@maryland.gov
Phone: 410-260-3480


Alex DeWeese
Natural Resources Planner

Researches issues related to modified buffer areas, sea-level rise, and redevelopment.

Jurisdictions:

Baltimore City
Cecil County
Charlestown
Chesapeake City
Elkton
North East
Perryville
Port Deposit
Dorchester County
Cambridge
Secretary
Vienna
Kent County
Betterton
Chestertown
Millington
Rock Hall

E-mail: Alexandra.Deweese@maryland.gov
Phone: 410-260-3479


Kate Durant
Natural Resources Planner

Jurisdictions:

Anne Arundel County
Annapolis
Highland Beach
Somerset County
Crisfield
Princess Anne
Worcester County
Snow Hill
Pocomoke City

E-mail: Kathryn.Durant@maryland.gov
Phone: 410-260-3477


Jennifer Esposito
Natural Resources Planner

Jurisdictions:

Calvert County
Charles County
Indian Head
Maryland Port Administration
Talbot County

Easton
Oxford
St. Michaels

Email: jennifer.esposito@maryland.gov
Phone: 410-260-3468


Tay Harris

Natural Resources Planner

Jurisdictions:

Caroline County
Denton
Federalsburg
Greensboro
Hillsboro
Ocean City
Prince George’s County

MNCPPC
WSSC
Wicomico County
Salisbury
Fruitland
Mardela Springs
Sharptown

Chesapeake Beach (Calvert County)
North Beach (Calvert County)

E-mail: Tay.Harris@maryland.gov
Phone: 410-260-3481

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