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Posted on: October 18, 2023

Second draft of East Street Form-Based Code available

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The Division of Planning is publishing the Second draft of the East Street Form-Based Code for public review and to get feedback from the community. 

https://www.cityoffrederickmd.gov/1584/Form-Based-Code

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.  

Objectives

  • Promote high-quality structures, streetscape, urban design public realm within an urban context.
  • Encourage all development types for a unified and attractive environment. This Code is intended to provide requirements and guidance, mainly in graphic form, in accordance and to implement the vision of the community. 
  • Create an identifiable neighborhood/ corridor environment and provide customer experience opportunities for existing and new nonresidential users. 
  • Support public infrastructure upgrade, extension, and beautification opportunities.
  • Build upon established anchor uses and areas. 
  • Promote differentiated and unique ideas that can provide a sense of place and destination while encouraging new and expanded development in the corridor. 
  • Continue to support citizen-based initiatives to improve the east side of Frederick and create opportunities for citizen representation in the area

Public Participation

Community members are highly encouraged to participate by studying the second draft of the code. This is another opportunity to provide your feedback and comments and ask questions about the Form-Based Code. 

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

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