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Department of Planning Overview

Stephen Lafferty, Director

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

Review a local map of Towson and Baltimore County Government's Downtown Campus.

Phone: 410-887-3211
Fax: 410-887-5862

Introduction and Public Hearing for the Comprehensive Manual of Development Policies Update

The Department of Planning’s approach to modernizing the Comprehensive Manual of Development Policies is to revise and present in sections beginning with Section IV, Special Areas and Procedures which will be introduced to the Planning Board on Thursday April 15, 2021 followed by a public hearing on May 6, 2021.

Public Hearing for the Annual Action Plan for Federal Fiscal Year 2021 and County Fiscal Year 2022

A virtual public hearing will be held on May 5, 2021 at 6 p.m via webex for comments on the County’s DRAFT Annual Action Plan for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2021 and County Fiscal Year (CFY) 2022 (PDF). The Action Plan details intended projects for CFY 2022 using federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding for housing and community development activities. Public comments are also accepted in writing through May 14, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

Master Plan 2030

Planning for Master Plan 2030 has started. Learn more about the Master Plan 2030 process and how to become involved.

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

Formulating Policies and Guiding Growth

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

Revised April 14, 2021         


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