The Design Advisory Panel (DAP) is an integral part of the Bethesda Overlay Zone. The primary goal of the Design Advisory Panel is to provide advice and recommendations that will heighten design excellence and improve the quality of architecture, urban design and landscape architecture in Bethesda. The Advisory Panel will be guided by the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan and the related Design Guidelines.
The Design Advisory Panel Rules of Procedure can be viewed here.
The following is an example submission that was well-received for its clarity and completeness: 7607 Old Georgetown Road_Design Advisory Panel Submission
All meetings are held at the Montgomery County Planning Department 8787 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Starting in April, meetings will take place on the 4th Wednesday of every month 9:30a-12:30p through November 2018. These meeting dates are subject to change.
While the DAP meetings are primarily for panel members to consider and comment on proposed developments, meetings should be collaborative, and input from developers, their consultants, and members of the public is encouraged. Because panel members are volunteers, however, the DAP is not expected to meet for more than one hour on any single project.
Members of the public who wish to participate in a DAP meeting should notify the DAP’s staff liaison before the meeting. Those who have not notified the staff liaison in advance may sign up to participate the day of the meeting. Citizens will be invited to participate in the order in which they sign up. In certain cases, there may not be sufficient time for all interested citizens to participate. Members of the public who wish to ensure their comments are considered by the DAP should submit them in writing to the DAP’s staff liaison no later than twenty-four hours before the DAP meeting. Any written comments submitted to the DAP will also be sent to the Planning Board before the Board meets to consider the proposed development.
Although DAP meetings are intended to be informal, it may be necessary in certain cases, such as meetings with many interested citizens, for the DAP to impose equitable time limits on public comments or other reasonable rules of order. When possible, the staff liaison will announce time limits at the start of the DAP meeting.
Laura Shipman, Design Advisory Panel Liaison