The Division of Planning and Permitting

Zoning - Current and Recent Amendments

The Division of Planning and Permitting is responsible for reviewing applications for zoning map amendments or what is commonly referred to as a rezoning.  Two public hearings are involved in this process. The first hearing is before the Frederick County Planning Commission, which makes a recommendation to the County Council. The second hearing is before the County Council, which makes a final decision.

How Can the Public Participate in the Process

Zoning Text Amendments

No current text amendments in process.

Zoning Map Amendments

PLEASE NOTE:  In accordance with the direction by the Governor banning large gatherings, the County Council has taken the precaution of postponing public hearings on the two rezoning cases scheduled for Tuesday, March 17th, Cromwell PUD Rezoning (R-19-01) and Delauter/Hutzell MXD Rezoning (R-19-02).  At this time, these two rezoning cases will now have public hearings on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at 7:00 pm, in the First Floor Hearing Room, Winchester Hall, 12 East Church Street, Frederick, Maryland.

ApplicationScheduleDocuments
  • R-19-01 Cromwell PUD
  • Applicant:  Cromwell Investments, LLC
  • Date Filed:  July 10, 2019
  • Request:  Rezone 160.8 acres from Agricultural (A) to Planned Unit Development (PUD)
  • Location:  North side Old National Pike, east of Meadow Road
  • County Council Hearing - 7:00 pm March 17, 2020      
  • R-19-02 Delauter MXD
  • Applicant:  Delauter Family, Hutzell Investments, LLC
  • Date Filed:  July 10, 2019
  • Request:  Rezone 27.6 acres from Office/Research/Industrial (ORI) to Mixed Use Development (MXD)
  • Location:  North side Old National Pike, east of Meadow Road
  • County Council Hearing - 7:00 pm March 17, 2020
  • R-18-01 Whitmore/Biggs Ford Solar Project
  • Applicant: Ralph Whitmore/Biggs Ford Solar Center, LLC
  • Date Filed: September 21, 2018 
  • Request: Rezone 151 acres from Agricultural (A) to Solar Facility-Commercial Floating Zone
  • Location: Northwest corner of Biggs Ford Road and Dublin Road just outside of Walkersville
  • On February 19, 2019 the County Council voted to DENY the request.


Contact Us

  1. Zoning Administration
    30 N. Market St.
    Frederick, MD 21701

    Ph: 301-600-2572
    Fx: 301-600-2327

    Tolson DeSa
    Zoning Administrator
    Email 

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About the Zoning Administration

The Zoning Administration reviews, processes, and approves zoning certificates and Board of Appeals applications, administers floodplain regulations, and enforces the Frederick County Zoning Ordinance.

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