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Liberty Road Design Review Panel Designation and Design Guidelines

Commercial land serves the shopping and service needs of residents along the Liberty Road corridor and has the potential to contribute to a strong sense of neighborhood identity. Thoughtful design components reinforce the positive identity of a community’s commercial core and contribute to neighborhood character. As recommended in both the Liberty Road Study (2019), as well as the Northwest Gateways Sustainable Community Action Plan (PDF), the Department of Planning along with an advisory committee of community stakeholders are beginning the process of designating Liberty Road as a Design Review Panel (DRP) area. This process will also include the creation of design review guidelines, which will be used to address some of the common challenges related to design along commercial corridors.

Focus Area

Map of Liberty RoadSelect the image above to view a detailed map of the
Liberty Road focus area (PDF).

The project will begin with a focus on specific land use, such as shopping centers. The focus area is the Liberty Road central node, which runs from Interstate 695 approximately to Greens Lane (see map below). The project will require additional phases for addressing other types of land uses and other areas of Liberty Road. The design elements will focus on architecture, signage, landscaping and streetscape.


The goal of this effort is to address some of the most common challenges related to design along commercial corridors. The areas that provide opportunities for attaining high-quality design include:

  1. New commercial developments
  2. Rehabilitation of vacant or dilapidated commercial properties
  3. Alterations and renovations of existing commercial buildings
  4. Additions to existing commercial buildings
  5. Commercial properties requesting a zoning petition


Baltimore County conducted a survey to gather input about perceptions, aspirations and vision for the Liberty Road study area. The survey was open to the community between October 18 and October 30, 2020. A record number of 531 participants completed the survey. Learn more about the survey results (PDF).


See a complete timeline and the list of partners for the Liberty Road DRP designation and design guidelines.




Meeting Video

Documents (PDF)

September 17

Introductory Meeting

Watch the recording.


October 22

Liberty Road Virtual Tour 

Watch the recording.

Virtual tour presentation

November 10

Group meeting with Steering Committee.

Watch the recording.

December 8

Group meeting with Steering Committee

Will be posted when available.

Will be posted when available.

January 13

Group meeting with Steering Committee

Will be posted when available.

Will be posted when available.

Staff Contact

If you have any questions or concerns, contact:

Ngone Seye Diop
Western Sector Lead Planner
Phone: 410-887-3480

Revised November 30, 2020         


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