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Department of Planning Overview

Capital Improvement Program Fiscal Year 2023 through Fiscal Year 2028

Formulation has begun of the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for Fiscal Year 2023 through Fiscal Year 2028

The Capital Improvement Program, Citizen Input Meeting will be held on October 21, 2021 at 5 p.m. A Webex link will be provided a week before the meeting.

Anyone wishing to testify can register in advance by emailing their name and phone number to before 3 p.m. on the date of the hearing. Each speaker testifying will be given two minutes to speak. Those who do not wish to speak at the hearing but want to share their thoughts can provide written comment to or testimony via email or Webex chat.

Master Plan 2030

The formulating of Baltimore County's Master Plan 2030 is under way. The Master Plan provides the vision and strategies for growth over the next 10 years into a modern, 21st century county. Learn how you can become involved in the initiative. 

Stephen Lafferty, Director
The Jefferson Building, Suite 101
105 West Chesapeake Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204
Phone: 410-887-3211
Fax: 410-887-5862

Sustainable Community Designation

The proposed Arbutus Sustainable Community (SC) designation will aim at targeting public and private resources for multiple State agency investments and prioritizations. The proposed Arbutus SC boundary is focused on the Arbutus commercial core and its connections to University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and the surrounding residential community. Learn how to become involved with this initiative and get updates about new events, surveys, and tools that you can use to help us achieve our goals.

Design Review Panel Designations and Design Guidelines

The Department is currently reviewing three areas—Essex, Dundalk and the Liberty Road corridor—for Design Review Panel designations. This process will also include the creation of design review guidelines, which will be used to address some of the common challenges related to design along commercial corridors. Learn how to become involved with these initiatives and get updates about new events, surveys and tools that you can use to help us achieve our goals.

Programs and Projects

The Baltimore County Department of Planning implements programs and projects that strengthen existing communities, improve housing opportunities, revitalize older commercial centers and preserve rural resources. The Department formulates policies, plans and regulations to guide the County’s growth and development for future generations.

Strengthening Communities

The following programs were implemented to strengthen existing communities:

Housing Programs

  • Housing Rehabilitation
  • Foreclosure Prevention
  • Home Owner Assistance
  • Live Near Your Work
  • Housing Construction Financing
  • Furthering Fair Housing
  • Services for the Homeless
  • Services for the Disabled
  • Grants Administration

Formulating Policies and Guiding Growth

The following boards, committees and commissions formulate policies and guide growth within the County:

Revised September 29, 2021         


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