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Development Review

About Development Review in Takoma Park

In the City of Takoma Park, zoning authority lies with the Montgomery County Planning Department. Montgomery County has developed a Development Review brochure:

The City plays an important role in guiding the development review process. The flowchart to the right outlines an overview of the development process. A more detailed site plan application review process and timeline is summarized in this gantt chart.

The County’s Development Review Manual (PDF) sets forth administrative standards for the timely and comprehensive review of and compliance with plans.  For information about how to get involved in Montgomery County’s Development Review process, check the County site.

Active Projects under Review in Takoma Park

Information on the location, specifics, and status of active projects can be located using Montgomery County’s Development Finder.

Development Review in Takoma Park

Type of PlanPlan NumberAddress / LocationStatusDescription / Update
Pre-Application620200070415 Ethan Allen AvenuePlanning Board Approved: 1/7/2021Proposal to re-subdivide a lot and a part of another lot into two single-family lots.
Site Plan8201201606413 Orchard AvenueIn ReviewProposal to construct two-story commercial building. Council Resolution 2016-23
Preliminary Plan/Site Plan120190150
Takoma Junction on Carroll AvenueIn ReviewRedevelopment of the City-owned lot
Preliminary Plan120210220 7402 Garland AvenuePlanning Board Approved: 9/9/2021Proposal to divide single-family house into two properties
Mandatory ReferralMR2021018Takoma Park LibraryPlanning Board Approved: 10/28/2021Library Renovation/ Reconstruction
Mandatory ReferralMR2021024New Hampshire AvenuePlanning Board Approved: 10/28/2021Bike lane on New Hampshire Ave from Auburn to Poplar Avenues

Table: Development Review in Takoma Park. Details ongoing and recently approved projects in Takoma Park.

Development Standards & Guidelines

Development and land use within the City of Takoma Park is governed by standards and guidelines adopted or enacted by the Takoma Park City Council, the Montgomery County Council, the Montgomery County Planning Board, and the State of Maryland. The implementation and application of these guidelines varies depending upon the scope of the project, its location, and the initiating party. The City and the Montgomery County Planning Board have a Memorandum of Understanding regarding development review (Resolution No. 2001-37).

The Montgomery County Zoning Ordinance (Chapter 59 of the Montgomery County Code) is the primary standard used to evaluate proposed developments., Required permits for construction, renovation, or demolition are issued by the Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services (DPS).Depending on the scope and location of a proposed project the following standards may apply:

City Charter & Code


Development Review Flow Chart

Renovating Property in the Historic District

A Historic Area Work Permit (HAWP) is required prior to undertaking any proposed changes to the exterior of a structure or to the environmental setting of a property within the historic district. This includes moving, demolishing or altering the exterior of a house, building or other structure. Applications are reviewed by the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) and must be approved before a permit for the work may be issued. To search for properties listed in the located in the Historic District “Locational Atlas and Index of Historic Sites in Montgomery County” use the Historic Preservation Interactive Map.

Commercial Construction or Renovation

Many commercial properties in Takoma Park are located in the Takoma Park/East Silver Spring commercial revitalization overlay zone (TPESS), which outlines special requirements and provides for development flexibility. The TPESS is detailed in Section 4.9.14 of the Montgomery County Zoning Ordinance (Chapter 59 of the Montgomery County Code).

Montgomery County Planning Department also provides guidelines for preparing preliminary plans of subdivision and site plan applications for commercial properties if these are required.Prior to site plan submission, Montgomery County Planning Department will require a tree protection plan and stormwater management concept plan approved by City staff  in the Public Works Department.

Planning and Community Development Sections