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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

Master Plan 2030 Community Engagement Meetings

During the month of June and July we will be focused on gathering ideas to develop a vision for our County over the next 10 years. The community engagement meetings will focus on identifying and prioritizing important aspects of your community’s character to preserve, enhance, transform or strengthen in Master Plan 2030

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 June 30, 2021         


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