2020 Comprehensive Plan

The Division of Planning is launching efforts to draft the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update.

With the 2010 Comprehensive Plan as the foundation, the Division will begin the process by gathering public input and collecting data to define goals and strategies that will guide the City’s growth and development for the next ten to twenty years.  The Plan will establish implementation measures and benchmarks to ensure that the community’s vision is put into action and the goals are being met.

The Land Use Article from Maryland State Law requires that the City’s Comprehensive Plan is updated every 10 years. The plan must include public input and the Planning Commission and Board of Aldermen are required to consider topics such as: Land Use, Transportation, Sensitive Areas, Community Facilities, Water Resources, and Municipal Growth, among others. In addition to the State requirements, the Plan will also consider Housing, Historic Preservation and Community Character and Design.

The City anticipates theme such as affordable housing, transportation, jobs and sustainability driving the 2020 Plan update.

The public is encouraged to participate by completing a five minute survey accessible at the link below or by leaving comments on the interactive mapping tool.  With the interactive map, participants can zoom to neighborhood level and enter a comment on specific issues or can leave comments regarding larger issues that apply City-wide. 

In addition to the survey and map, City staff will be presenting the efforts to the NACs and stakeholder groups beginning in July. The public is encouraged to stay engaged throughout the process, it is anticipated that the Planning Commission and Mayor and Board of Aldermen will be considering the Plan during workshops and public hearings during the Fall of 2019 and Spring 2020, public comments during these hearings are strongly encouraged.

2020 Comprehensive Plan Survey

2020 Comprehensive Plan Interactive Map Survey