2018 Draft Amendments to the Frederick Town Historic District Design Guidelines

Goal and purpose:

According to state and local law, the Board of Aldermen are required to adopt guidelines for rehabilitation and new construction design for designated sites, structures, and districts that are generally consistent with those recognized by the Maryland Historical Trust. The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) is charged to use the guidelines adopted by the Board of Aldermen in reviewing applications.

The Frederick Town Historic District Design Guidelines were approved by the Board of Aldermen in December 2009 and amended in April 2010 upon a November 2008 recommendation from the Historic Preservation Commission after a lengthy public process. Design guidelines must be periodically assessed to make sure they are adequately addressing the needs of the historic district. 

In this case, the amendments are not intended to be a complete re-write, but to remove inconsistencies and ambiguities discovered after almost a decade of use; and to address and expand upon materials and technologies that were not covered in the original document. 

Community input is strongly encouraged.  Please submit comments and questions to FTHDGuidelines@cityoffrederick.com or call 301-600-1499

Public Meeting Schedule:

  • Special HPC Workshop
    • February 15, 2018, 6:00 PM
    • Municipal Office Annex, 140 West Patrick Street
    • Agenda
  • Special All-NAC Meeting  
    • February 28, 2018, 7:00 PM
    • Municipal Office Annex, 140 West Patrick Street
    • Agenda
  • HPC Workshop
    • March 8, 2018
    • City Hall, 101 North Court Street
  • HPC Workshop
    • March 22, 2018
    • City Hall, 101 North Court Street
  • HPC Hearing – recommendation to Board of Aldermen
    • April 12, 2018 (tentative)
    • City Hall, 101 North Court Street

Guide for reviewing draft amendments 

Draft amendments for each chapter can be found in the links below.  Each chapter will contain a summary sheet outlining the major changes within that chapter followed by a “red-line” draft which shows the changes as proposed within the original document text.  Lastly each chapter has a “clean draft” which shows the proposed amendments in final draft format (without strike-through/highlighted text).  Chapters 2 and 3 will have amendments to lettering/numbering format only and are therefore not included here.  The current Frederick Town Historic District Guidelines can be found here.

Chapter 1, Introduction

Chapter 2, Cultural Context

Chapter 3, Archeological Resources

  • Changes to be limited to consistent numbering/lettering format

Chapter 4, Materials for Rehabilitation and Their Treatment

Chapter 5, Rehabilitating Various Building Elements

Chapter 6, Special Building Types

Chapter 7, Building Accessories and Signs

Chapter 8, Landscapes and Streetscapes

Chapter 9, Additions

Chapter 10, New Construction

Chapter 11, Demolition


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