The Design Review Panel (DRP) was established by Section 32-4-203 of the Baltimore County Code 2004, as amended. The goal of the DRP is to encourage design excellence through the application of design guidelines contained in the Master Plan, the Comprehensive Manual of Development Policies, adopted community plans and/or Section 260 of the Baltimore County Zoning Regulations, as applicable. The DRP’s general charge is to assess the overall quality of a project.
The DRP acts in a technical consulting capacity; its recommendations are binding to the Hearing Officer and county agencies.
The Design Review Areas are designated areas that help ensure high design standards. There are two types of areas:
- Commercial (non-residential) review areas
- Residential review areas
Projects that are referred to the DRP are discussed at their monthly meeting on the second Wednesday of every month except for August. All meetings are open to the public. Three members constitute a designated panel for the purpose of making recommendations on a particular project. Resubmittals of previously reviewed projects can be submitted within 10 business days of the meetings.
Cancellation of meetings held during normal working hours will be decided upon on a case-by-case basis. Unless otherwise noted, the meetings are in Room 104 of the Jefferson Building (105 West Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, Maryland 21204), beginning at 6 p.m.
If, because of a disability, you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, call the Department of Planning at 410-887-3480 or via TTY, at 1-800-735-2258 or 711, at least two working days before the event.
Information For Presenters
It is advised that individuals giving presentations to the DRP present visual materials i.e. maps, plans, etc. using a digital format such as PowerPoint. Contact Jenifer Nugent in Development Review at 410-887-3480 at least 48 hours in advance. Rendered site plans must be mounted and GIS aerials must be mounted or easily visible on an overhead projector.
How to Provide Comments
Staff will provide instructions at the beginning of the meeting on how to submit comments via Webex chat:
- Select the chat feature to send your written comments to the meeting host (staff).
- Include your name, address, relationship to the project and the item you would like to provide a written comment on. Indicate whether you would like your comments to be read aloud or if you would like to speak.
- Written comments will be read aloud during the public comment period for that specific agenda item. If you chose to speak, you will be called upon during the public comment period.
Mailed, written comments are also accepted by the Department at 105 West Chesapeake Avenue, Suite 101, Towson, Maryland 21204. Please mail to the attention of the Design Review Panel.
Inclement Weather Policy
This policy will be implemented for the foreseeable future and will follow the actions of the County offices.
No meetings will be held when County offices are closed for the day, meetings will proceed as scheduled if County offices are under liberal leave status. For questions regarding the cancellation of a meeting, call the Department of Planning at 410-887-3480.
The attendance and recommendations of the DRP are recorded in the meeting minutes. The tentative agenda for each meeting is available approximately two weeks prior to the meeting.
To view upcoming meeting details, select from the list below. Subscribe to receive email notifications when the latest meeting details have become available.
|Date||Submittal Date||Location||Meeting Documents|
|December 19, 2019||Jefferson Building, Room 104||Cancellation Notice|
|January 23||Jefferson Building, Room 104|
|February 20||Jefferson Building, Room 104||Cancellation Notice|
|March 19||Jefferson Building, Room 104||Cancellation Notice|
|April 23||Jefferson Building, Room 104||Meeting canceled.|
|May 21||The Board meeting will be held virtually via Webex. The public can listen in, but cannot participate.|
|June 18||Watch the recording.|
|August 20||Watch the recording.|
|September 24||Watch the recording.|
|October 21||Watch the recording.|
|November 19||Watch the recording. |
The department has prepared handbooks that describe the DRP review process and include an application for requesting a DRP review.
DRP Commercial (Non-residential) Review Handbook with Application (PDF)
DRP Residential Review Handbook with Application (PDF)
Contact the panel by calling 410-887-3480 or by emailing the following staff: