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FRO is the County’s adopted version of the Maryland Forest Conservation Act and is designed to protect and enhance forests in Frederick County. For more information about the Forest Resource Program, including development mitigation requirements, the forest banking program, forest planting projects, and the ecological information visit the FRO website. For additional questions, please contact Graham Hubbard at 301-600-1436.
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Visit the Zoning website (web path: departments/permits & development/ planning/zoning) for zoning descriptions and tax maps to view the current zoning of various properties. Questions should be directed to 301-600-1351.
You can check the status online at the Project & Permit Inquiry (web path: departments, permits & development/permitting & development review/check permit project status).
Proposed development plans can be found by visiting the Planning Commission website. A monthly development report also highlights major projects under review. Please visit Development Review Planning to access the Planning Commission and Development Activity websites.
APFO is the requirement that must be met to provide sufficient public facilities necessary to accommodate development impacts on schools, roads, emergency services (pending), and water & sewer. Contact Ron Burns at 301-600-6742 for questions.
Impact Fees are required on all new development to cover a proportionate share of the costs for capital facilities necessary to accommodate development impacts on public schools and libraries to ensure adequate public facilities are available in a timely and well-planned manner. More information on this and the fee schedule can be found by visiting the fee website. Contact Linda Williamson at 301-600-1139 with questions.
Planning Commission for Development Review meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Visit the Planning Commission for information on agendas, minutes and staff reports.
Subdivision applications are routed for agency review and comments to be due within 3 weeks. Site Plan and Preliminary submissions plans are routed for agency review and initial comments within 3 weeks and subsequent reviews comments are routed for comment due within 2 weeks. Please find specifics on the initial review timeframes (web path: departments/permits & development/permitting & development review/development review planning/submittal process).
Construction Drawings are routed with a due date of 3 weeks. Second submissions are routed with a due date of 2 weeks, and all subsequent submissions are routed with a due date of 3 weeks. Engineering modifications, waivers and supporting documents are routed with a due date of 2 weeks. Engineering Field Revisions are routed with a due date of 1 week. Please review specific at the initial review timeframes (web path: departments/permits & development/permitting & development review/development review engineering).