2020 Comprehensive Plan

Are you interested in what will be built in Frederick the next 20 years? You'll want to be involved in the 2020 Comprehensive Plan. The 2020 Comprehensive Plan will guide how Frederick develops. It guides decisions on:

  • Environmental Issues
  • Historic Preservation
  • Housing
  • Land Uses
  • Libraries
  • Parks
  • Pedestrian and Trail Systems
  • Schools
  • Transportation
  • Zoning

Planners update the comprehensive plan every 10 years.

How to Be Involved

August 2019 Update: Outreach Meetings Occurring

  • 6 p.m, August 20 - Golden Mile Alliance, VFW Conference Room, 5901 Old National Pike, Frederick, MD 21702
  • 7 p.m, August 22 - NAC 5 - Taskers Chance Pool House, Bel Aire Lane, Frederick, MD 21701
  • *NEW:6 p.m., August 29 - Outreach Event - C. Burr Artz Library, 110 E Patrick Street, Frederick MD 21701
  • 6 p.m, August 27 - Youth Advisory Council - Talley Recreation Center, 121 N Bentz Street, Frederick, MD 21701
  • 6:30 p.m, September 3 - Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee - Municipal Office Annex, 140 W Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21701
  • 7 p.m, September 9 - NAC 3 - Monocacy Elementary School, 7421 Hayward Road, Frederick, MD 21702
  • 7 p.m, September 10 - Recreation and Parks Commission - Talley Recreation Center, 121 N Bentz Street, Frederick, MD 21701
  • 6 p.m, September 12 - Historic Preservation Commission Workshop - 101 N Court Street, Frederick, MD 21701
  • 7 p.m, September 26 - Airport Commission Follow Up - National Aviation Community Center at 296 Bucheimer Road, Frederick, MD 21701
  • December 16, 2019 – Plan Review Kickoff - Planning Commission Workshop

To be Scheduled in January – Planning Commission Special Workshop
To be scheduled in February – Planning Commission Special Workshop
To be scheduled - Public Hearing, Planning Commission

*Updated: August 15, 2019

Comprehensive Plan - Background

The Division of Planning is launching efforts to draft the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update. With the 2010 Comprehensive Plan as the foundation, the Division will begin the process by gathering public input and collecting data to define goals and strategies that will guide the City's growth and development for the next ten to twenty years. The Plan will establish implementation measures and benchmarks to ensure that the community's vision is put into action and the goals are being met.

The Land Use Article

The Land Use Article from Maryland State Law requires that the City's Comprehensive Plan is updated every 10 years. The plan must include public input and the Planning Commission and Board of Aldermen are required to consider topics such as: 

  • Community Facilities
  • Land Use
  • Municipal Growth
  • Sensitive Areas
  • Transportation
  • Water Resources among others

In addition to the State requirements, the Plan will also consider Housing, Historic Preservation and Community Character and Design.

Land Use Reclassification

The Division of Planning is currently accepting requests to consider the reclassification of land use for individual properties during the 2020 Comprehensive Plan update. All interested property owners or agents must complete the application by 3:00pm on December 21, 2019. The Applicant is expected to support their request to the Planning Commission and Mayor and Board of Aldermen. For questions, please contact Brandon Mark at (301) 600-1248.

2020 Plan Update

The City anticipates theme such as affordable housing, transportation, jobs, and sustainability driving the 2020 Plan update.

Public Participation

The public is encouraged to participate by completing a five-minute questionnaire or by leaving comments on the interactive mapping tool. With the interactive map, participants can zoom to the neighborhood level and enter a comment on specific issues or can leave comments regarding larger issues that apply City-wide.

In addition to the questionnaire and map, City staff will be presenting the efforts to the NACs and stakeholder groups beginning in July. The public is encouraged to stay engaged throughout the process, it is anticipated that the Planning Commission and Mayor and Board of Aldermen will be considering the Plan during workshops and public hearings during the Fall of 2019 and Spring 2020, public comments during these hearings are strongly encouraged.