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

Upcoming public meetings:

  • HPC Hearing
    • September 13, 2018, 6:00 PM- public testimony only
    • City Hall, 101 North Court Street
  • HPC Hearing
    • September 27, 2018, 6:00 PM- public testimony/vote on recommendation to Board of Aldermen
    • 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 the draft text, captions, and images.  A compilation of comments received and staff responses have also been provided for each chapter.  The current Frederick Town Historic District Guidelines can be found here

Chapter 1, Introduction

Chapter 2, Cultural Context

Chapter 3, Archeological Resources

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

Appendix 1 

Appendix 2: Glossary

Appendix 3


General Comment Responses