Recognizing the unique character of Anne Arundel County's different communities, the 1997 General Development Plan
divided the County into 16 Small Planning Areas and recommended that a separate, more detailed land use plan be completed for each.
These community-based plans were prepared and adopted between 1998 and 2004. Each plan was developed by planning staff working with a citizen advisory committee consisting of community representatives. The process involved an extensive amount of public outreach using open forums, surveys, and focus groups.
The Small Area Plans included recommendations for future land use and development in the area; facility and infrastructure needs; and areas to be targeted for revitalization, mixed-use development, and/or land preservation. Each Small Area Plan was followed by comprehensive zoning legislation to rezone properties according to the adopted Land Use Plan in the SAP.
The SAP Land Use Plans have since been superseded by the 2009 General Development Plan
; however, the Office of Planning and Zoning and other County agencies continue to implement many of the recommendations in the Small Area Plans using a variety of methods including design studies, corridor studies, legislation and code revisions, capital project programming, and grant programs.
To download a Small Area Plan, select the appropriate community from the Quick Links list to the right. Each Small Area Plan is composed of many communities and neighborhoods. A map and geographic description is provided with each area.
Office of Planning and Zoning Heritage Office Complex
Long Range Planning Division
2664 Riva Road, MS 6403
Annapolis, MD 21401