Development Advisory Committee
The Development Advisory Committee (DAC) is an advisory group to the Division of Plan Review & Permitting on proposed land development activities that must receive approval from the Planning Commission. The purpose of the Development Advisory Committee is to allow for coordination and interaction among various plan review agencies in order to reduce the likelihood that applicants have to respond to contradictory demands from different review agencies and to ensure that plans can adequately address all basic requirements.
The Development Advisory Committee or DAC will consist of representatives from various County agencies, the State Highway Administration, the Health Department, the City of Hagerstown and the Washington County Soil Conservation District. Each DAC agency reviews subdivision and site plans at the initial plan submittal stage from the perspective of that agency’s area of responsibility. The DAC members compare and coordinate these comments during a weekly meeting. Following the meeting discussion, the DAC members have 1 week to finalize their comments and forward these comments to the Division of Plan Review & Permitting. The Division of Plan Review & Permitting determines the appropriate plan action and transmits the DAC comments to the applicant. The DAC also holds discussions on Preliminary Consultation Plans submitted for review. All applicants are invited to attend the DAC meeting during the discussion of their respective plan submission.
Applicants will be notified when their plan will be scheduled for DAC review. Applicants are welcome to attend during the DAC discussion during their plan submission, only. In addition, during each weekly meeting, the DAC members will provide a group forum for applicants who have received comments to ask questions or receive additional feedback on plan submittals. Additional requests to meet with the DAC must be submitted to the Division of Plan Review & Permitting one (1) week prior to the date of the meeting requested.
The Division of Plan Review & Permitting will be responsible for forwarding plan submittals for review to DAC members. In addition, the Division of Plan Review & Permitting will be responsible for preparing meeting agendas and performing meeting coordination and scheduling. All DAC meetings will be held on Thursday afternoons from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm.