In January 2008 the Division of Planning began the update of the 1998 Countywide Comprehensive Plan which also included a countywide comprehensive zoning process. Planning staff worked with the Frederick County Planning Commission to prepare a draft plan, which was released in May 2009. In addition to updating goals, policies, and action recommendations, this plan initiated a new planning process that has created a countywide land use plan map that consolidates what had been previously identified within the 8 separate region plans that were updated between 1997 and 2008. The 2010 plan also includes new state mandated elements for a Priority Preservation Area and Water Resources Element.
The Comprehensive Plan and a comprehensive Zoning Map were adopted on April 8, 2010. Previous Comprehensive Plans – brief overview of when previous plans were prepared.