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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.


  • Community Planning Institute—Baltimore County Department of Planning announces the creation of the Community Planning Institute (CPI), an initiative to increase engagement with community members and stakeholders county-wide regarding planning, land use and development. The CPI is planning to be held twice a year, with the anticipated size of the first class of participants at 20 to 25 individuals. The Institute will consist of weekly in-person sessions for a total of five weeks. Applications will be available in late March.

  • Maryland Sustainable Communities Renewal—The Sustainable Communities designation must be renewed every five years. Catonsville and Essex renewal designations are currently being pursued. 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.

  • Capital Improvement Program Fiscal Year 2024 through Fiscal Year 2029—Formulation has begun of the Capital Improvement Program for Fiscal Year 2024 through Fiscal Year 2029. The Capital Improvement, citizen input meeting was held on October 20 at 5 p.m. Agencies will present their budget request to the Baltimore County Planning Board in January. Review the upcoming meeting schedule. 

  • Master Plan 2030—The formulating of Baltimore County's Master Plan 2030 is under way, and when complete, will provide the vision and strategies for growth over the next 10 years into a modern, 21st century County.

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Department of Planning

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






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