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 7:30 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


December 7, 2016 Meeting

Submission Materials

#16-16 Hickory Ridge Village Center Redevelopment

The DAP is required to review this project as it proposes a Major Village Center Redevelopment. This submission is the first review by the DAP and one step in a multi-tiered process the petitioner must complete before plan approval. Following DAP review, the petitioner must submit a Preliminary Development Plan (PDP) to the Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ). The PDP will go before the Planning Board as well as Zoning Board for review. If approved, the redevelopment proposal would then go through the County’s Land Development Review Process.  Through this process, the applicant will be required to present plans to the DAP for review at the Site Development Plan (SDP) phase.  


#16-17 Bethany Glen

The current DAP review of this Age Restricted Adult Housing (ARAH) project is one step in the conditional use petition process. The Hearing Examiner, as the Hearing Authority, reviews and approves conditional use requests. Prior to a Hearing Examiner public hearing, the Zoning Regulations require DAP review of the proposal. If the Hearing Examiner approves the conditional use for ARAH, the site plans will then go through the County’s Land Development Review Process. Through this process, the applicant will be required to present plans to the DAP for review at the Site Development Plan (SDP) phase.  

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

Sujit Mishra

Julie D. Wilson

Weiwei Jia

Fred Marino

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 7:30 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 July 2016

Past Meeting Materials

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

2016 Meeting Materials

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 

February 10 - The Settlement at Savage Mill 

February 3 - Laurel Park Station Phase 2

January 27 - Laurel Park Station Phase 1

January 13 - Norris Acura West


2015 Meeting Materials

November 18 - Elkridge Library & Senior Center

October 14 - Settlement at Savage Mill, Dorsey Overlook

September 30 - Elementary School #42, Oxford Square

September 9 - Merriweather Post Pavilion

August 26 - Troy Hill Square - Parcel A-30, Dorsey's Ridge

August 12 - Howard Square, Parcel B

July 22 - Blue Stream Retail, Kiwanis-Wallas Park Sign

July 8 - Giant in Chatham Mall

June 10 - Laurel Park Station

May 27 - Merriweather Post Pavilion (FDP-MSW-DC-1A), Gymnasium/School, 9000 Maier Place

April 22 - The Crescent - Building A, The Vine Apartments

April 8 - CVS Pharmacy

March 11 - Oxford Square, Parcels X and A-A

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