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Department ofPlanning

The Department formulates policies, plans and regulations to guide the County’s growth and development for future generations.

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The Department of Planning implements programs and projects that strengthen existing communities, revitalize older commercial centers and preserve rural resources.


  • Agricultural Easement Formula Update—The Department of Planning and the Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability in conjunction with the Baltimore County Agricultural Land Preservation Advisory Board will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, June 12 regarding updates to the Agricultural Easement Formula.

  • Comprehensive Zoning Map Process (CZMP)—The 2024 CZMP began on September 1, 2023 and will conclude in September of 2024. Planning Department staff recommendations are now available on the Log of Issues. Planning Board work sessions will be held in April. 

  • Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF)—The 2024 MALPF easement application period has begun and will remain open to submissions until Tuesday, April 30. MALPF is a cooperative program with the State and County, and is the main Agricultural Land Easement Program in the County. 

  • Maryland Sustainable Communities Renewal—The Sustainable Communities designation must be renewed every five years. These renewal applications provide an opportunity for local governments to involve the community in developing a five-year vision for their area, to outline new strategies and set new priorities. The following designations are currently being pursued:

  • Master Plan 2030—Baltimore County has released the draft of Master Plan 2030. The Draft Master Plan was adopted by County Council on January 16, 2024 with amendments. The Planning Department is working to revise the Draft Master Plan with the adopted amendments included. 

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Department of Planning

The Jefferson Building, Suite 101
105 West Chesapeake Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204






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