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Design Review Panel


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 / 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 made a part of the record at the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) proceedings.

For a brief overview of the Design Review Panel, watch this video.

Design Review Areas

Bill 12-93 was enacted on January 19, 1993 to create the Baltimore County Design Review Areas. The development plans in these Design Review Areas are reviewed by the Design Review Panel, an advisory and consulting body to the County agencies involved in reviewing development plans. Design review is conducted for all projects located within designated Design Review Areas.

The Design Review Areas are designated areas that help ensure high design standards. There are two types of review areas—commercial (nonresidential) and residential.


The Department has prepared materials that describe the DRP review process and include an application for requesting a DRP review:


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 begin at 6 p.m. and are held virtually via Webex.

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

Materials for presentations should be in PDF format, 15 MB or less and emailed to

How to Provide Comments

Staff will provide instructions at the beginning of the meeting on how to submit comments via Webex chat:

  1. Select the chat feature to send your written comments to the meeting host (staff).
  2. 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 to speak.
  3. Those who do not wish to speak at the hearing but want to share their thoughts can provide written comment or testimony via email or Webex chat. The specific rules of procedure for the testimony will be available during the Webex meeting.

Mailed, written comments are also accepted by the Department at:

Department of Planning
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.

  • DRP Meeting: October 11
  • Wednesday October 11, 2023 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Virtual WebEx Meeting
  • Required Materials Submittal Deadline: No later than 4:30 p.m. EST, September 19, 2023.

    Meeting Details: Will be posted when available.

  • DRP Meeting: November 8
  • Wednesday November 08, 2023 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Virtual WebEx Meeting
  • Required Materials Submittal Deadline: No later than 4:30 p.m. EST, October 18, 2023.

    Meeting Details: Will be posted when available.

  • DRP Meeting: December 13
  • Wednesday December 13, 2023 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Virtual WebEx Meeting
  • Required Materials Submittal Deadline: No later than 4:30 p.m. EST, November 21, 2023.

    Meeting Details: Will be posted when available.




Contact Us

Contact the panel by calling 410-887-3480 or by emailing the following staff: