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The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

Concept Plan


A Concept Plan is a flexible plan type that allows applicants to get staff and Development Review Committee (DRC) input on various details of a proposed project.  Applicants have the freedom to submit with whatever level of detail they’d like in order to get feedback on any number of issues.

Forest Conservation:

Forest Conservation does not need to be addressed before submitting a Concept Plan.

Development Review Committee (DRC):

Concept Plans go to DRC.

Decision Type:

Concept Plans are not ruled upon by the Planning Board or any other agency, as they are intended only to provide DRC feedback to the applicant.


Concept Plans are free and have no fee.

Review Time:

DRC is typically held between 3 and 5 weeks after intake acceptance.


Concept Plans may not be amended.  You may only change the results of a Concept Plan with a new Concept Plan.

Application Instructions

Fill out this application form and email the PDF to  Once our team has received the application and entered it into our system, the primary contact listed on the application form will be asked to upload files to ePlans.

Essential Documents

Guides and Tools