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Bethesda Downtown Design Advisory Panel


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).

Panel Members

  • George Dove, Registered Architect from the Greater Montgomery County Community
  • Rod Henderer, Bethesda Community Member
  • Brian Kelly, Representing Academia
  • Damon Orobona, Member of the Development Community
  • Qiaojue Yu, Registered Landscape Architect
  • Paul Mortensen, Ex-officio Member, Senior Urban Designer in the Director’s Office

Submission Requirements

  1. Schedule a Design Advisory Panel review date with the Design Advisory Panel Liaison.
  2. A minimum of two weeks prior to the scheduled Design Advisory Panel meeting, provide the completed Submission Form and drawings for review in PDF format to the Design Advisory Panel Liaison via email. Please note: The Design Advisory Panel Submission Form has been updated. Beginning March 1, 2020, all submissions are required to submit the updated Submission Form.
  3. Please see Submission Form for submittal requirements.

The following is an example submission that was well-received for its clarity and completeness:

Upcoming Meetings

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 Cashielle Nelson.

2022 Schedule

Public Participation

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.

Meeting Materials

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, November 30, 2022 – Hybrid Meeting – To attend, please email Cashielle Nelson

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 – Hybrid Meeting – To attend, please email Cashielle Nelson

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Wednesday, June 22, 2022- Hybrid Meeting- To attend, please email Emily Balmer.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 – Hybrid Meeting (in person and virtual). To attend, please email Emily Balmer.

Wednesday, April 27,2022– Hybrid Meeting (in person and virtual). To attend, please email Emily Balmer.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 

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

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

Last Updated: November 18, 2022