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 Design Review Panel are discussed at their monthly meeting.
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)
The Design Review Panel (DRP) consists of a panel of nine members knowledgeable in matters of design, including architects, landscape architects, engineers and other design professionals. The professional members are appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council. The County Executive appoints the Chairperson.
For residential development proposed in a Residential Review Area, the DRP consists of a minimum of two, professional members designated by the chairperson, and one resident member appointed by the County Council. The appointed resident member must be a resident of the councilmanic district in which the development is proposed. The County Council appoints a revolving panel of resident members.
DRP members may serve no more than two, three-year terms. Apply for a vacancy online.
Current Term Expires
Kelly W. Ennis
Staff Contact: Jenifer Nugent, 410-887-3480, firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff Contact: Brett M. Williams, 410-887-3480, email@example.com
Staff Contact: Marta Kulchytska, 410-887-3480, firstname.lastname@example.org