The Division of Planning and Permitting

The Frederick County Planning Commission

About the Planning Commission

The Frederick County Planning Commission (FCPC) was established in July 1955 and consists of 7 members serving five year terms nominated by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council.  The Planning Commission approves site plans, subdivisions, modifications to the subdivision regulations, and makes determinations of adequacy related to the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance. The FCPC also makes recommendations to the County Council on County Code amendments, rezonings and comprehensive plans. Per the Frederick County Ethics Law, members are required to complete an annual Financial Disclosure Statement. For more information, contact the County Attorney’s Office at 301-600-1030. 

Ethics Application Log - 2019/2020 - Jan 6, 2020

Planning Commission Members

Officers
Carole Sepe, Chair
Sharon Suarez, Vice-Chair
Sam Tressler III, Secretary
Craig Hicks 
Terry Bowie 
Joel Rensberger
 Michael Sowell

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Meetings

FCPC meetings are regularly held at 9:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month, and as necessary on the third and fourth Wednesdays. Meetings are located in the First Floor Hearing Room of Winchester Hall at 12 East Church Street in downtown Frederick City, and are televised live on FCGTV (cable channel 19 and 1085). Archived videos of meetings are available here.

PLEASE NOTE:   The August 12, 2020 Planning Commission meeting has been cancelled.                                                                                                                            It is rescheduled for August 19, 2020.                                                           

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The FCPC Virtual Engagement Hub is the online home for outreach and listening efforts to shape the future of our community. Here you can find upcoming events, initiatives, and opportunities to share your input on key topics.

Agendas

Agendas for the Frederick County Planning Commission (FCPC) meeting are posted the Wednesday prior to the scheduled planning commission meeting.  The agendas are subject to change prior to the meeting or at the meeting itself.  If you have any questions about the agenda please contact the Division of Planning and Permitting at 301-600-1138. 

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Staff Reports 

The staff reports for a planning commission meeting are available to the public and posted on the Wednesday prior to the scheduled planning commission meeting.  For a current planning commission meeting the staff reports are linked from the agenda.  For prior meetings the staff reports are listed individually in chronological order.

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PowerPoint Presentations

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Minutes

The approved minutes of each Planning Commission meeting document the decisions or recommendations of individual agenda items, including the specific votes taken.

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Providing Public Testimony

The public may provide testimony for any item on an agenda. Individuals are allotted 3 minutes and recognized organizations 10 minutes for each agenda item. Written comments should be submitted to the Planning and Permitting Division at least 48-hours in advance of the Commission meeting in order to be considered by the Commission.

A Recognized organization must provide to the Planning and Permitting Division a copy of its bylaws which must be adopted 90 days prior to the commission meeting, and a formally executed resolution from their board of director authorizing that person(s) speaking on behalf of the organization for that matter.

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Contact Us

  1. Planning and Permitting Division
    30 N. Market St.
    Frederick, MD 21701

    Ph: 301-600-1153

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    Steven C. Horn
    Director
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