To improve design compatibility with surrounding development, to promote revitalization, and to enhance property values, the Design Advisory Panel (DAP) process encourages excellence in project architecture and site design. The DAP meets at 7:00 p.m. generally on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043. 

DAP Review Areas

Use the interactive map to see which properties may be subject to DAP review

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Current Meeting


April 26 Meeting

Submission Materials

Project #17-06 The Young School-Ellicott City


Submit Comments to the DAP

Thank you for your interest in the Design Advisory Panel process. Meetings are open to the public. Participation by members of the public is limited to submission of comments in writing on design issues in advance of the DAP meeting.

Please use the web comment form to submit comments on design issues related to upcoming agenda items. All web submissions received in advance of the DAP meeting will be provided to Design Advisory Panel members.

Panel Members

Hank Alinger, Chair

Don Taylor, Vice Chair

Robert Gorman

Weiwei Jia

Fred Marino

Sujit Mishra

Julie D. Wilson

Additional Information

Meeting Schedule, Application Deadlines and Submittal Checklist

Meetings are held when there are applications to review, on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, except in November and December when meetings are usually scheduled for the first and third Wednesday.

Unless otherwise noted, meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and are held at the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043.

Application deadlines are noted in the printable calendar. Applicants should refer to the Submittal Checklist when preparing a submission for the DAP.


Calendar     Submittal Checklist








Rules of Procedure

Rules of Procedure - updated January 2017

Past Meeting Materials

Materials are posted as soon as practicable and remain available for 12 months following the meeting date.

2017 Meeting Materials 

April 12 - Crescent Area 1, Building A Exterior Improvements

February 22 - New Cultural Center

February 8 - Hickory Ridge Village Center Redevelopment, River Hill Square

January 11- Crescent Area 1 Parcel B Lot

2016 Meeting Materials

December 7- Hickory Ridge Village Center Redevelopment , Bethany Glen

October 26- Dorsey Center Apartments

October 12- Legacy at Ellicott's Retreat

September 14- Crescent Area 3-Phase 1

July 13 - Columbia Lakefront Bell Tower

June 22 - Downtown Columbia Cultural Arts Center

June 8 - Howard Square Parcel B

May 11 - Legacy at Ellicott's Retreat

April 13 - Corridor Square

March 23 - Royal Farms, Oxford Square Parcels Z & AA

March 9 - Two Merriweather, Crescent Neighborhood 




Applicable Manuals and Guidelines

Route 1 Manual

Route 40 Design Manual

Downtown Wide Design Guidelines

Clarksville Pike Streetscape Plan and Design Guidelines

Staff Contact | 410-313-2350