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Comprehensive Zoning Map Process Timeline

Logo for the Comprehensive Zoning Map Process for 2020.


August 19 to 30, 2019

  • Public Pre-Filing Online
    The public can file an online application for the Comprehensive Zoning Map Process. The Public Pre-Filing period allows public applicants to get an early start on the application process and early access to scheduling an appointment to map the issue.

September 3 to October 15, 2019

  • Public Filing and Mapping
    The public can file an online application for CZMP 2020. Mapping appointments will be scheduled by the Planning Department for each application filed.

October 1 to 30, 2019

  • Planning Board and Staff Filing
    The Baltimore County Planning Board and the Baltimore County Department of Planning can file an application for CZMP 2020.

November 1 to 29, 2019

  • County Council Filing
    The Baltimore County Council can file an application for CZMP 2020.

December 2019 to February 2020

  • Planning Staff Review
    The Department of Planning reviews each zoning map request.
  • Agency Review
    Each zoning map request is reviewed by the Department of Public Works, the Department of Economic and Workforce Development, the Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability, the Department of Recreation and Parks, and Historic Preservation.

  • Notification Letters Sent
    Every property owner impacted or adjacent to a zoning request is notified by mail about the request.

  • Sign Posting
    Notification signs must be posted on properties with a CZMP 2020 zoning request. It is the applicant's responsibility to contact and pay an approved sign poster at least one month in advance of the posting deadline. Signs must be posted 15 days prior to Planning Board public hearing dates. Approved sign posters will be posted on this page when available.

February 3 to 28, 2020

  • Planning Staff Recommendations
    The Planning Department will make a zoning recommendation for each zoning request taking into account staff review and agency review of each request.

March 2020

  • Planning Board Public Hearings
    Planning Board public hearings will occur in each council district.

April 2020

  • Planning Board Work Sessions
    Planning Board work sessions will occur to discuss zoning requests by council district. These work sessions will be held in Towson.

June 2020

  • County Council Public Hearings
    County Council public hearings will occur in each council district.

July 1 to September 16, 2020

  • County Council Review
    County Council will review each zoning request.

September 16, 2020

  • County Council Final Decision
    County Council must vote on each zoning request by September 16, 2020.

November 2020 to January 2021

  • Production of Maps
    The Planning Department maps the new zoning layer.


If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Planning:

Baltimore County Department of Planning
105 West Chesapeake Avenue, Suite 101
Towson, Maryland 21204
Phone: 410-887-3480

Revised March 22, 2019         


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