The Division of Planning and Permitting

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The Livable Frederick Planning and Design Office

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The Frederick County Comprehensive Plan


The Livable Frederick Master Plan

Download a pdf file of the document

Access a web-based version of the plan

Purchase a copy of the plan on


The Comprehensive Plan Map

View the Comprehensive Plan Map as a single page map

Access an atlas of the Comprehensive Plan Map


Small Area Plans

The South Frederick Corridors Plan


Large Area Plans

The Sugarloaf Area Plan


Functional Plans

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Other Comprehensive Plan Documents

Priority Preservation Areas (PPA) Map

Water Resources Element

Growth Tier Map

Other Planning

Priority Funding Areas

One element of the State of Maryland Smart Growth Act of 1997 is the designation of Priority Funding Areas (PFA). These areas are used by the State to direct and prioritize funding for development and infrastructure projects. Usually PFAs are located within planned growth areas and municipalities with public water & sewer and appropriate zoning designations.

Priority Funding Areas Map

Capital Improvements Program

Go to the Budget Office page to see copies of the Capital Improvements Program (CIP).

The CIP is updated annually, reviewed by the Frederick County Planning Commission, and approved by the Frederick County Council.

Land Preservation, Parks, and Recreation Plan

The LPPRP is a state mandated plan and is required to be updated every five years.

This plan is required in order for a jurisdiction to maintain eligibility for Program Open Space (POS) funding.

Plan Document

Plan Map

Park Inventory Map

Other Related Plans and Reports


Application of the Septic Bill and Growth Tiers for Frederick County

Age Restricted Community Report

(2006) Demographic and housing trends, and market and impact analysis for the aging population

Annual Planning Reports

Summaries of the year’s planning activities and development trends

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Report

(2010) Inventory of greenhouse gas emissions as part of the Conservation Block Grant Program

Industrial and Commercial Land Inventory

(2006) Analysis of industrial and commercial land

Pupil Yield Study (December 19, 2019)

Number of students created by development of different housing types

Residential Needs and Development Capacity Analysis

(2010) prepared based on County Comprehensive Plan adopted in April 2010

County Residential Lots Available

List of available lots in the development pipeline

Transportation Priorities Review Reports

Information and guidance for project priority

Village Center Update Background and Issues Report

(2006) Information regarding the creation, application, and identified issues of this Zoning District


Bikeways and Trails Plan

(2018) Identifies corridors and provides a framework for regional planning, preservation, and project development

Catoctin Mountain Scenic Byways Plan

Details the US 15 Corridor Management Plan.

Comprehensive Energy Plan

(2010) Establishes annual goals for reducing county’s use of non-renewable energy over a 15 year period

Historic Preservation Plan

(2007) Describes the goals, objectives, and policies of historic preservation planning

Linganore Source Water Protection Plan

Describes the watershed, impairments, and recommendations to improve the water quality of Lake Linganore

Linganore Source Water Protection Action Plan

(2006) Implements recommendations for code, policy, and program revisions discussed in the Water Protection Plan

Transportation Master Plan

(2001) iIentifies projects and provides guidance on policy, funding, and strategic Transportation Planning

Water and Sewerage Plan

(2014) Describes the systems and provision for Water and Sewerage Planning

Development/Design Guidelines

APFO for Roads Guidelines

Provides guidelines for the preparation of Traffic Impact Analyses for development applications

Bicycle Parking Design Guide

(2010) Meant to supplement the bicycle parking requirements set forth in the Frederick County Zoning ordinance

Bikeways and Trails Design Standards and Planning Guidelines

(2003) Establishes a framework of planning and design recommendations for implementing future corridors

Historic Preservation Interim Design Guidelines

For work on Frederick County Register of Historic Places that require Certificate of Appropriateness

Recommended Model Development Principles for Frederick County, MD

(2000) Contains the 23 principles recommended to the Council by the Frederick County Site Planning Roundtable

Streets & Roads Design Manual

A guidebook to best practices for designing roads

Transit Friendly Design Guidelines

Provide information about the benefits of transit-friendly design

Village Center Design Guidelines

(2012) Contains design guidelines and illustrations for development in the Village Center (VC) zone

Contact Us

Kimberly Golden Brandt


Livable Frederick Planning and Design Office

Frederick County Government

Division of Planning and Permitting

30 North Market Street

Frederick, MD 21701

(301) 600-1144