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General Development Plan

The GDP is Anne Arundel County’s comprehensive plan to guide land use in the County, capitalize on its assets and conserve critical resources. It is prepared in compliance with State requirements and guidelines. Adopted by the County Council, the GDP establishes policies and recommendations to guide land use decisions over a 20 year planning timeframe. All master plans and development regulations adopted by the County must be consistent with the goals, policies and recommendations of the GDP.


The County’s current GDP was approved in 2009 by the County Council. View the current GDP and the history of comprehensive planning in Anne Arundel County here:

2009 General Development Plan 

GDP Graphic

The GDP establishes the community's vision for the County; all master plans and development regulations must be consistent with its goals, policies and recommendations.


Plan 2040: Updating the General Development Plan

The Office of Planning and Zoning will work with stakeholders, citizens, and other state and local government agencies to update the GDP in the next 2 years. The process is starting in September 2017 with a series of Listening Sessions held around the County to hear the issues and vision people have for the County. Visit here to see the Listening Session agenda, presentation, and the Sessions' surveys. A video from our Broadneck High School Listening Session is also available.
Join us at one of the Listening Sessions 
to be held around the County from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
September 25, 2017North County High School     Listening Session 1 Results/Comments
October 17, 2017Broadneck High School     Listening Session 2 Results/Comments
November 30, 2017Old Mill High School     Listening Session 3 Results/Comments
December 11, 2017Arundel High School     Listening Session 4 Results/Comments
January 11, 2018Annapolis High School     Listening Session 5 Results/Comments
January 29, 2018Northeast High School     Listening Session 6 Results/Comments
February 8, 2018Southern High School     Listening Session 7 Results/Comments
February 22, 2018Brooklyn Park Middle School Directions to Brooklyn Park Middle School
Anyone needing special accommodations should contact the Office of Planning and Zoning at (410) 222-7432 at least seven days in advance of the event. TTY users, please call via Maryland Relay 7-1-1. All materials are available in an alternative format upon request.

In the event the Anne Arundel County Public Schools are closed or after school events are canceled for inclement weather, the General Development Plan Listening Sessions will be canceled and rescheduled for a later date.


What is the Process and Timeline?


Why does it matter?

The GDP expresses the community’s values and what is important to our quality of life. The GDP reflects the citizens’ practical vision for an aspirational future and sets the groundwork for various functional plans and master plans.
Together, we can determine what we want our community to be and a way to get there!

Why should you contribute?

You know your community best - what it needs and what’s special about it.
This is your vision for your community!
Help identify the core values of your community and define a vision for Anne Arundel County.
Check back to this page for news on the GDP update. We’ll be posting updates, surveys, and sharing feedback.
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Take the Plan 2040 Kickoff Survey

Can't attend one of the Listening Sessions? You can still give your input via the online version of the Listening Sessions' survey. Your input will help shape the Vision for Plan 2040.

Go to the survey

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