Comment Period Extended for Planning Board Draft of New Administrative Regulations Governing Development Applications

April 24, 2017

New implementation process replaces previous development review procedures and provides guidance to public and developers

Silver Spring, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, released the Planning Board draft of proposed administrative regulations for the recently enacted update of the County Code’s Chapter 50, Subdivision of Land and held a public hearing on April 20, 2017 to receive comments on the draft. Given the sparse attendance at the hearing, the Board voted to extend the comment period on the regulations until the scheduled Planning Board work session is held on May 11, 2017.

The new administrative regulations update internal Planning Department procedures related to development applications, Development Review Committee rules for agencies and applicants, and alternative application procedures.

The plan applications covered by the new regulations include pre-preliminary submissions, preliminary and administrative subdivision plans, amendments to such plans and record plats. Provisions from Chapter 59 of the County Code that cover sketch plans and site plans are also referenced in the regulations.

View the Planning Board draft of Administrative Regulations for Chapter 50.

Most of the proposed administrative regulations are currently part of the Planning Department’s Manual of Development Review Procedures, which will be replaced by the new regulations.

The purpose of the original manual and these proposed regulations continues to be to:

  • Clearly explain the Planning Department’s overall regulatory review process to applicants, staff, residents and other interested parties.
  • Clarify standards and procedures for submission of timely and relevant information by applicants.
  • Provide for participation by public agencies in the review of applications.
  • Provide for participation by interested parties so their views can be known by staff and the Planning Board before action is taken.

View the adopted amendment to Chapter 50.

Next steps for the drafted regulations include:
-Planning Board work session and adoption of regulations.

-Transmittal of regulations to County Council.

-Council approval by resolution.

To submit written comments on the draft Administrative Regulations or for more information, contact:
Cathy Conlon, Supervisor of Development Applications and Regulatory Coordination (DARC). Catherine.conlon@montgomeryplanning.org
phone: 301.495.4542
fax: 301.495.1306