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 Design Review Panel (DRP) meets on the second Wednesday of every month, as needed, except for August. Three members constitute a designated panel for the purpose of making recommendations on a particular project.
The attendance and recommendations of the DRP are recorded in the meeting minutes. The approved meeting minutes and all documents submitted to the DRP are open record and available for inspection and copying by the public. Also, all meetings are open to the public.
No meetings will be held when County schools are either closed for the day or subject to early dismissal due to inclement weather. 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.
The tentative agenda for each meeting is available approximately two weeks prior to the meeting. Subscribe to receive email notifications when the latest DRP meeting documents have been posted.
Written comments are accepted by the Department at 105 West Chesapeake Avenue, Suite 101, Towson, Maryland 21204. Please mail to the attention of the Design Review Panel.
*Resubmittals of previously reviewed projects can be submitted within ten business days of the meeting.
To view upcoming meeting details and documents, select from the list below. View the full 2021 calendar.
|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||This is a virtual meeting via Webex. View or listen to the work session online: |
|June 18||Watch the recording.|
|August 20||Watch the recording.|
|September 24||Watch the recording.|
|October 21||Watch the recording.|
|November 19||Jefferson Building, Room 104||Will be posted when available.|
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.
|Name||Date Appointed||Current Term Expires||Appointed By|
|Cecily Beldwell||2/17/2016||12/31/2019||County Executive|
|Matt D'Amico||2/25/2019||12/31/2020||County Executive|
|Kelly W. Ennis||2/25/2019||12/31/2021||County Executive|
|Donald Kann||2/28/2019||12/31/2020||County Executive|
|Hyon K. Rah||7/14/2020||12/31/2022||County Executive|
|Matt Renauld||3/27/2019||12/31/2020||County Executive|
|Julie Soss||7/14/2020||12/31/2022||County Executive|
|Joseph Ucciferro||2/25/2019||12/31/2021||County Executive|
Contact the panel by calling 410-887-3480 or by emailing the following staff: