Development Review

Development Review Committee (DRC)

The Development Review Committee (DRC) is an inter-agency task force comprised of representatives from public agencies and utilities such as WSSC, PEPCO, the State Highway Administration, and the county Departments of Permitting Services, Environmental Protection, and Public Works and Transportation.

DRC members discuss the application with planning staff at a regularly scheduled meeting — not more than three weeks after the application has been accepted. Each agency, providing comments for the DRC meeting, does so in writing. The planning staff ensures that those comments are included in the application file, along with a meeting summary and next steps. Planners then prepare recommendations that are presented to the Planning Board as part of the public hearing on the proposed site plan.

DRC meetings are open to the public but are not public hearings.

Upon request, staff will meet with community representatives to discuss relevant issues. To schedule a meeting concerning a plan, please contact the Information Counter at 301-495-4610.


Development Review Manual

This manual sets forth administrative standards for timely and comprehensive review of and compliance with plans submitted pursuant to the Subdivision Regulations and Zoning Ordinance of Montgomery County. The Development Applications and Regulatory Coordination Division shall accept a submitted plan as being complete only when all requirements set forth in Sections 2 and 3 of the manual have been met.

Administrative Procedures for Development Review (PDF)

  • Effective September 2017.
Last Updated: October 11, 2021