Questions?

... or information about the Critical Area Program or questions relating to State oversight of local programs, e-mail us or call 410-260-3460

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Critical Area Commission
1804 West Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

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

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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
Regulations and Mapping 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:

  • Federal Projects
  • 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:

  • Department of Natural Resources
  • Worcester County
  • Snow Hill
  • Pocomoke City
  • Ocean City

E-mail: 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.

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.

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


Alex DeWeese
Natural Resources Planner

Jurisdictions:

  • Maryland Transit Administration
  • Maryland Transportation Authority
  • Cecil County
  • Perryville
  • Port Deposit
  • Charlestown
  • Chesapeake City
  • Elkton
  • North East
  • Talbot County
  • Easton
  • Oxford
  • St. Michaels

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


Kate Durant
Natural Resources Planner

Jurisdictions:

  • Maryland Transportation Authority
  • Annapolis
  • Baltimore City
  • Somerset County
  • Crisfield
  • Princess Anne

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

Jennifer Esposito
Natural Resources Planner

Jurisdictions:

  • Maryland Port Administration
  • Anne Arundel County
  • Charles County
  • Indian Head

E-mail: Jennifer.Esposito@maryland.gov
Phone: 410-260-3468


Michael Grassmann
Natural Resources Planner

Jurisdictions:

  • Jefferson Patterson Park Museum
  • Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
  • Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission
  • Calvert County (Variances only)
  • Dorchester County
  • Cambridge
  • Secretary
  • Vienna
  • Wicomico County
  • Salisbury
  • Fruitland
  • Mardela Springs
  • Sharptown

Email: Michael.Grassmann@maryland.gov
Phone: 410-260-3462


Tay Harris
Natural Resources Planner

Jurisdictions:

  • Maryland Department of the Environment (Shore Erosion applications)
  • Calvert County (Subdivision/Site Plans Only)
  • Chesapeake Beach
  • North Beach
  • Kent County
  • Chestertown
  • Betterton
  • Millington
  • Rock Hall
  • Prince George’s County

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


Susan Makhlouf
Natural Resources Planner

Jurisdictions:

  • Historic St. Mary’s City
  • St. Mary’s College
  • Maryland Aviation Administration
  • State Highway Administration
  • Baltimore County
  • Queen Anne’s County
  • Centreville
  • Church Hill
  • Queen Anne
  • Queenstown
  • Harford County

E-mail: Susana.Makhlouf@maryland.gov
Phone: 410-260-3476


Annie Sekerak
Natural Resources Planner

Jurisdictions:

  • Maryland Port Administration
  • Power Plant Research Program (DNR)
  • Caroline County
  • Denton
  • Federalsburg
  • Greensboro
  • Hillsboro
  • St. Mary’s County
  • Leonardtown

Email: Ann.Sekerak@maryland.gov
Phone: 410-260-3466