Frederick County Planning Commission
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Planning Commission Members
Joel Rensberger, Chair
Tim Davis, Vice-Chair
Robert White, Secretary
Sam Tressler III
The Frederick County Planning Commission 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).
Frederick County Planning Commission meeting agendas are posted the Wednesday prior to the scheduled 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.
Providing Public Comment
For public hearings, individuals are allotted 3 minutes and recognized organizations are allotted 10 minutes. A recognized organization must provide to the Planning and Permitting Division a copy of its bylaws, which must be adopted at least 90 days prior to the Commission meeting, and a formally executed resolution from their board of directors authorizing that person to speak on behalf of the organization for that matter.
Written comments must 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. Written comments may be mailed to the Division of Planning and Permitting, 30 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701 and are accepted via email here.
Public comments for workshop items may be accepted at the discretion of the Planning Commission.
The Planning Commission formed three committees in 2022 to research and formulate recommendations concerning: (1) mixed-use development; (2) transfer of development rights; and (3) community outreach and engagement.
The Planning Commission has noted the difference between the expected and the actual outcomes resulting from application of the County’s mixed-use zoning regulations. This Committee will formulate recommendations for achieving the kind of integrated mixed-use development envisioned by the Livable Frederick Master Plan.
Transfer of Development Rights (TDR)
Some Maryland counties have enacted a TDR program to allow for sale of property development rights and their transference to areas planned for greater density. The TDR Committee is considering potential opportunities and challenges associated with TDR programs and will formulate recommendations based upon its findings.
Community Outreach and Engagement
This Planning Commission Committee will review current outreach and engagement efforts and develop recommendations to foster maximum public involvement in the planning and development review processes.
The Frederick County Planning Commission was established in July 1955 and consists of 7 members serving five-year terms appointed 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 Frederick County Planning Commission 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 2023 - September 27, 2023