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.
View the Design Advisory Panel Rules of Procedure (updated September 2020).
The following is an example submission that was well-received for its clarity and completeness:
Meetings typically take place on the fourth Wednesday of every month, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. These meeting dates and times are subject to change. At this time, all meetings are planned to be held online. To attend, please email Emily Balmer.
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.
DAP Meeting materials, including agenda and development application submission forms, will be posted one week prior to the meeting. Meetings notes and recordings will be posted generally within one week of the DAP meeting.
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 9:30a-12:30p
Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 9:30a-1:00p
Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 9:30a-12:30p
Battery Lane Meeting Part 2
Battery Lane Meeting Part 3
Monday, January 7, 2019, 11:30a-1:30p, Design Advisory Panel Lunch
Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 9:30a-12:30p
Wedneday, October 24, 2018, 9:30a-12:00p
Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 9:30a-12:30p
Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 10:30a-12:30p
Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 9:30a-12:30p
Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 9:15a-12:30p
Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 9:30a-12:30p
Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 9:30a-12:30p (note: this meeting was rescheduled from March 21 due to weather)
Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 10:30a-11:30a
Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 9:00a-12:00p
Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 9:00a-12:00p
Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 2:00-5:00p