Some of the documents listed below are not solely the responsibility of the Frederick County Department of Planning. Related planning documents conducted by various public and private agencies are included. This list is not all-inclusive.

The Educational Facilities Master Plan is prepared on an annual basis and serves as a tool to evaluate current facilities, future needs, and project priorities. This plan has a 10-year outlook for the identification of future needs. The plan is used as a basis for the Board of Education’s (BOE) annual submission for the County's Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

Last updated in 2001, the Master Transportation Plan provides a countywide focus on transportation needs and supports a multi-modal approach in addressing the mobility needs of the County. The plan compiles goals & policies from individual transportation plans, reports, and studies.

The Transportation Priorities Review is conducted annually to address the State primary and secondary highway project priorities as well as review other transportation needs and priorities.  A focus of the priorities is to highlight the multi-modal components of the County's transportation network and to identify specific priorities for the state primary and secondary highways for the Maryland Department of Transportation's preparation of the next year's draft Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP).

Transit Development Plan

This plan, completed in 2015, serves as a guide for public transportation improvements for the short-range future. As an update to the 2007 Frederick County Transportation Development Plan, this current plan is intended to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of TransIT Services of Frederick County (TransIT). Includes the history and current state of the transit system, the identification of transportation needs and issues, and recommended improvements over the five-year period.


The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) requires the Locally Operated Transit Systems (LOTS) in Maryland to conduct a plan update every five years. The LOTS use their local plans as a basis for preparing their Annual Transportation Plans that serve as their Annual Grant Applications for transit funding.

Updates the 1999 plan. Adopted in 2018, the Bikeways and Trails plan provides a conceptual framework for multi-use trails and bicycle facilities while addressing pedestrian infrastructure needs and issues.  

The purpose of the Land Preservation, Parks, and Recreation Plan is to provide a framework for the integrated and coordinated provision of park and recreation facilities, agricultural land preservation, and natural resource protection. Under the requirements of Maryland’s Program Open Space (POS) and the Federal Land & Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965, the County must prepare and maintain an Outdoor Recreation and Open Space Plan. All land acquisition and park development funded through these programs must be consistent with the approved State and County Land Preservation, Parks, and Recreation Plans.

This plan was last updated in June of 2017. Previous plan updates occurred in 2012, 2006, 2000, 1988, and 1983. The County’s use of POS funding requires such a plan to be updated every six (6) years.

The Monocacy Scenic River Management Plan describes the river's ecology, environmental resources, natural and cultural history, and contains recommendations for the river corridor.


The Monocacy Scenic River Citizens' Advisory Board (River Board) completed an update and revision to an initial plan previously prepared in 1990 by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the River Board. On August 2, 2017, the River Board voted to approve their Recommended Monocacy River Management Plan and transmit the Recommended Plan to Frederick County and Carroll County for review and approval.

This plan, completed in 2008, conducted an assessment of agricultural industry in the county, including a SWOT analysis of the local agricultural economy. The Plan includes recommendations in three areas: market development, training and education, and regulatory support.


This Plan was prepared through the county’s economic development division and served to update an Agricultural Market Analysis and Strategic Plan prepared in 2001.

Agricultural Land Preservation Program Certification Report

This report is prepared for the certification of local Agricultural Land Preservation Programs, a process that is jointly administered by the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF) and the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP). The Certification Program allows counties to retain greater portions of the Agricultural Transfer Tax. The increase in the county's share of Agriculture Transfer Tax supports the county agricultural land preservation program.

This plan outlines current and future compliance with the extent, adequacy, sizing, staging, and other characteristics of water and sewerage systems with all applicable Federal, State and local jurisdictional laws relating to water quality, environmental protection, and land use.

This plan provides the data and planning framework to make decisions about the implementation of capital construction and management programs for solid waste facilities. Additionally, the Plan serves as a blueprint for the accomplishment of Frederick County’s goal to recycle waste, as mandated by the State of Maryland. Finally, the Plan articulates and identifies issues that the county must address in the future.

The Historic Preservation Plan is a statement of historic preservation goals, objectives, and strategies and a description of existing resources for preservation.


The Historic Preservation Plan was adopted in June of 2007, and was originally adopted in February 1997.

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The Historic National Road (HNR) is an All-American Road in the Federal Highway Administration’s America’s Byways program. The Maryland section of the HNR is one of six states identified in the 2003 designation. The Maryland section’s Corridor Partnership Plan, completed in December of 2014, delineates the corridor across the state. The Corridor Partnership Plan outlines the historical, archaeological, cultural, scenic, and recreational qualities that support the designation and strategies to promote the economic benefits of tourism along the corridor while recommending local, state, and national programs that can protect historic and scenic resources that are vital to the corridor.

Comprised of portions of Frederick, Carroll, and Washington Counties, the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area is certified under the Maryland Heritage Areas Program, a State program to facilitate economic development through heritage tourism. The Management Plan is incorporated as part of the Livable Frederick Master Plan as a condition of participation by the county government in the Heritage Area.

The Frederick County Hazard Mitigation Plan assesses vulnerabilities to natural hazards in our community and identifies a long-term strategy to address these hazards and prevent future damage and loss of life.


This current plan was completed in 2016, and is the second update. The original plan was approved in 2005, with the first update occurring in 2009.

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