Comprehensive Design Plan (CDP)

Note: Comprehensive Design Plans (CDPs) are only applicable to development proposals reviewed under the prior Ordinance OR properties in the Legacy Comprehensive Design (LCD) Zones under the new Ordinance (effective April 1, 2022).

Comprehensive Design Plans (CDP) are the second phase of a three-phase review process when a development proposal is in a comprehensive design zone (CDZ). CDPs establish the general location, distribution, and size of proposed structures and roadways and describe various development standards and guidelines governing the property. CDPs also describe proposed public benefit features to justify the development density and intensity and ensure the development will not be an unreasonable burden on public facilities. A Homeowner's Minor Amendment to a CDP is required for making home improvements that are not in conformance with the approved CDP.

Splash Pad and Starbucks - Riverdale ParkPre-Application Conference:  Optional

Pre-Application Neighborhood Meeting: Optional

Subdivision and Development Review Committee (SDRC):  Comprehensive Design Plan applications are required to be reviewed by SDRC.

Decision-Making Body: Comprehensive Design Plans are ruled upon by the Planning Board.

Comprehensive Design Plan Fee$3,000 plus $200 per acre for the first 100 acres, plus $50 per acre over 100
Fee limit$50,000
Amendment to an approved Comprehensive Design Plan1/2 of Original Fee

Public Notice Requirement: Public notice of Planning Board Hearings is satisfied by mailings to adjoining property owners, parties of record, civic associations registered with M-NCPPC, and municipalities and by posting signs with notice of hearing date 30 days prior to hearing.

Estimated Review Time:  4-6 months

Application Instructions

The new Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations go into effect April 1, 2022. For a period of two years (until March 31, 2024), Applicants have the option to submit under the requirements of either the new or prior Ordinance. [Note: Review under the prior Ordinance requires a Pre-Application Conference and Statement of Justification to explain why the applicant has not chosen to develop under the provisions of the new Ordinance.]

Any application accepted prior to the effective date of the new Ordinance will be reviewed and decided in accordance to the provisions of the prior Ordinance. See the Transitional Provisions Quick Reference for more information.

Find application materials below separated per the applicable Ordinance.

  1. After April 1, 2022
  2. Prior to April 1, 2022