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Posted on: June 6, 2022

Division of Planning launches East Street Corridor form-based code project

The City of Frederick's Division of Planning is launching efforts to draft a Form-Based Code for the East Street Corridor.

With the 2020 Comprehensive Plan, Strategic Plan, and the East Street Small Area Plan as the foundation, the Division of Planning will begin the process by gathering public input and collecting data to define goals and strategies that will guide the East Street growth and development and ensure that the community’s vision is put into action and the goals are being met.

What is a Form-Based Code?

Form-Based Code (FBC) is a zoning regulation that guides how developments and buildings relate to the public realm first, and only secondarily to what uses occur inside them. Its purpose is to design a particular type of place or built environment entirely based on the community’s vision and desire.

Public Participation

All residents are encouraged to participate during the entire process by attending the public meetings, leaving comments on the interactive mapping tool, filling out the surveys, regularly checking out the project webpage, and by contacting the Division of Planning.

In addition to the surveys and maps, City staff have started presenting the efforts to the NACs and stakeholder groups beginning in May 2022. Comments and feedbacks during the Planning Commission and Mayor and Board of Aldermen workshops and public hearings are strongly encouraged.

The project may change during the review process. Please check with the Division of Planning to confirm the meeting dates. Comments on this plan can be mailed or emailed to the Planning Department.

Public Meetings:

June 8, 2022 . 3:00pm . City Hall Mayor and Board of Aldermen Workshop

June 14, 2022 . 7:00pm . City Hall Community Meeting: Form-Based Code Informational Session and its application to East Street

* Also available for viewing on Channel 99 (cable) and Channel 99 Online (

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