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Facade Advisory Board

About the Facade Advisory Board

From Takoma Park Municipal Code 8.40.010:

The Facade Advisory Board (FAB) is established as an advisory panel to:

  1. Help ensure that facade designs and their maintenance are harmonious and consistent with the intended quality and character of the commercial areas of Takoma Park;
  2. Provide guidance and assistance to commercial building and business owners seeking permits for facade alterations, signs, and new construction work;
  3. Coordinate with and advise the City of Takoma Park Code Enforcement Department;
  4. Inform citizens and business owners of the historic district benefits and requirements and to continue coordinating with the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission and the Montgomery County Department of Fire and Rescue Services—Code Enforcement (MCFD) regarding necessary approvals. (Ord. 1999-43 § 1A, 1999)

Facade Advisory Board Membership

Adapted from Takoma Park Municipal Code 8.40.020:

The Board consists of seven voting members: at least two members shall be professional architects, planners and/or historians; at least two members shall be building or business owners located in the Old Takoma area; one member shall represent Historic Takoma, Inc. Members are appointed to staggered three-year terms expiring March 31. The representative appointee and alternate from Historic Takoma are appointed annually.

Facade Advisory Board Members

First NameLast NameWardRepresentingTerm Expiration
DarsieCahall2landscape designer2017
JamesDiLuigi6Historic Takoma, Inc.2017
WilliamFischer (chair)2architect2019
RickLeonard3business owner2017
LucyMoore (co-chair)3architect2018
LorrainePearsall1Historic Takoma, Inc. (alternate)2017
EricSepler3business owner2018
AnneFothergill3planner, historian2019
Table: Current Facade Advisory Board members

Facade Advisory Board Meetings

Meetings are usually held at 6:30 p.m. in the Takoma Park Community Center – Sam Abbott Citizens’ Center located  at 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912. All meetings are open to the public.

Meeting dates are posted on the City Council, Board, Commission & Committee Calendar page.

Facade Advisory Board Agendas & Approved Minutes

DateDocument Type / DescriptionAgenda / Minutes (PDF download)
2016-08-04AgendaAugust 4, 2016 Meeting Agenda - Facade Advisory Board
2016-07-12MinutesJuly 12, 2016 Meeting Minutes - Facade Advisory Board
2016-07-12AgendaJuly 12, 2016 Meeting Agenda - Facade Advisory Board
2016-05-10AgendaMay 10, 2016 Meeting Agenda - Facade Advisory Board
2016-04-12MinutesApril 12, 2016 Meeting Minutes - Facade Advisory Board
2016-04-12AgendaApril 12, 2016 Meeting Agenda - Facade Advisory Board
2016-03-08AgendaMarch 8, 2016 Meeting Agenda - Facade Advisory Board
2016-03-08MinutesMarch 8, 2016 Minutes - Facade Advisory Board
2016-01-12Agenda - meeting cancelledJanuary 12, 2016 Meeting Agenda - Facade Advisory Board
2015-12-08AgendaDecember 8, 2015 Meeting Agenda - Facade Advisory Board
2015-12-08MinutesDecember 8, 2015 Meeting Minutes - Facade Advisory Board
2015-11-10AgendaNovember 10, 2015 Meeting Agenda - Facade Advisory Board
2015-11-10MinutesNovember 10, 2015 Meeting Minutes - Facade Advisory Board
2015-09-08MinutesSeptember 8, 2015 Meeting Minutes - Facade Advisory Board
2015-09-08AgendaSeptember 8, 2015 Meeting Agenda - Facade Advisory Board
2015-07-28MinutesJuly 28, 2015 Meeting Minutes - Facade Advisory Board
2015-07-14AgendaJuly 14, 2015 Meeting Agenda (draft) - Facade Advisory Board
2015-07-14MinutesJuly 14, 2015 Meeting Minutes - Facade Advisory Board
2015-05-15Agenda - meeting cancelledMay 15, 2015 Meeting Agenda - Facade Advisory Board
2015-04-14Agenda - meeting cancelledApril 14, 2015 Meeting Agenda - Facade Advisory Board
2015-03-10Agenda - meeting cancelledMarch 10, 2015 Meeting Agenda - Facade Advisory Board
2015-01-13MinutesJanuary 13, 2015 Meeting Minutes - Facade Advisory Board
2015-01-13AgendaJanuary 13, 2015 Meeting Agenda - Facade Advisory Board
2016-05-10MinutesMay 10, 2016 Meeting Minutes - Facade Advisory Board
2016-08-04MinutesAugust 4, 2016 Meeting Minutes - Facade Advisory Board
2016-09-13AgendaSeptember 13, 2016 Meeting Agenda - Facade Advisory Board
Table: Facade Advisory Board agendas & approved minutes

Facade Advisory Board Reports & Other Documents

Facade Advisory Board Reports & Other Documents

DateDocument Type / DescriptionDocument Title & Link (PDF download)
2016-08-04project review letterProject Review for 7040 Carroll Avenue
2016-07-12project review letterProject Review for Laurel Avenue Tree Fences
2016-05-12informational documentApproved and Adopted Amendment to the Master Plan for Historic Preservation: Takoma Park Historic District and Carroll Manor/Douglas House
2016-05-12informational documentMaryland Historical Trust Small Commercial Tax Credit
2016-05-10project review letterProject Review for 7320 Carroll Avenue
2016-04-13project review letterProject Review for 7322 Carroll Avenue
2016-04-13project review letterProject Review for 6917 Laurel Avenue
2016-04-05project review letterProject Review Letter for 6915 and 6917 Laurel Avenue
2016-03-08bylawsFacade Advisory Board Bylaws
2015-12-18project review letterProject Review for 1 Columbia Avenue
2015-07-30project review letterProject Review for 7212 Carroll Avenue (Montessori School)
2015-07-15project review letterProject Review for 7006 Carroll Avenue (Olive Lounge)
2015-01-14project review letterProject Review for 7071 Carroll Avenue (Capital City Cheesecake)
2010-09-01design guidelinesDesign Guidelines for Commercial Buildings in the City of Takoma Park, Maryland
Table: Facade Advisory Board reports & other documents

Contact the Facade Advisory Board

Planning
Housing & Community Development
Email: planning@takomaparkmd.gov
Phone: 301-891-7119

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