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:
Updates (December 2, 2020)
Next Steps and Additional Public Input Opportunities
Planning Advisory Board (PAB) schedule:
December 9, 2020 – The PAB will be briefed on Plan2040. At the end of the meeting, the PAB will open the record to receive written testimony through January 6, 2021.
January, 6, 2021 - The PAB will hold a public hearing on January 6, 2021 for those wishing to provide oral testimony. The public hearing will be held via Zoom and will close at the conclusion of the meeting. Details on how to join the Zoom meeting will be posted shortly.
January 13, 2021 – The PAB will deliberate and make their final recommendations.
All of the PAB meetings will be held via Zoom and will be recorded. The December 9, 2020 meeting information can be accessed here.
County Council introduction of Plan 2040 is anticipated in February 2021 with public hearings to begin in March 2021 (dates to be determined)
Below is the preliminary draft of Plan2040 that was available for review from September 30, 2020 to November 15, 2020. For ease of use, the Plan is divided into two documents.
Plan2040 (Volume 1) includes the vision and themes, goals, policies, and strategies, the planned land use map, and the implementation plan.
Plan2040: Background (Volume 2) provides supporting background information.
Errata sheet: These revisions will be made to the Preliminary Draft Plan2040 dated September 30, 2020 prior to the proposed draft that will be introduced to the Planning Advisory Board (updated October 1, 2020).
Three web-based maps are provided to complement the draft Plan. These web maps allow you to zoom in and explore the maps in more detail than can be seen in the static plan documents.
Please visit our FAQs document for some helpful information on Plan2040.
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.
The Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) has been reconstituted to provide input to the Office of Planning and Zoning in the development of Plan2040 and consists of 23 members, comprised of citizens from each of the current Small Planning Areas, as well as representatives from the residential and commercial development sectors, the environmental community, and a student representative. Committee members are listed below.
CAC meetings will held on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, from 5pm to 7pm in the Chesapeake Room of the Heritage Center (2664 Riva Road, Annapolis). The first meeting is April 17, 2019. Meetings will be streamed via Arundel TV and available on the County's YouTube Channel (Titled: "Live from Mevo"). Meeting agendas, minutes and additional information will be posted here as they become available.
The new CAC kicked off with a public workshop on Saturday, April 13th, 2019. The workshop was led by Smart Growth America, a national nonprofit organization that provides technical assistance, advocacy, and thought leadership to realize a vision of livable places, healthy people, and shared prosperity in our communities. View a summary of input from the April 13th workshop, as well as videos of some of the workshop presentations (videos here and here).
|Melanie Hartwig-Davis||Environmental community representative|
|Bill Dodd||Representative from MBIA (residential developers)|
|Thomas Fahs||Representative from NAIOP (commercial developers)|
|Ellen Moyer||City of Annapolis|
|Small Area representatives:|
|Kristin Pauly||Annapolis Neck|
|Caren Karabani||Brooklyn Park|
|Charlie Mannion||BWI / Linthicum|
|Cate Bower||Deale / Shady Side|
|Anthony Brent||Edgewater / Mayo|
|William Shorter||Glen Burnie|
|Elizabeth Ysla Leight||Russett / Maryland City|
|John Clark||Pasadena / Marley Neck|
|Amy Leahy||Severna Park|
|Joel Greenwell||South County|
County staff has prepared Background Reports on the various elements to be addressed in Plan2040. There are nine reports in total, including:
In addition, RKG Associates has prepared a Land Use Market Analysis to study the County's economic and demographic trends, how these are projected to impact the demand for different land uses in the County, and how development policies and trends, if continued, will impact the future supply of land for various uses. View the Land Use Market Analysis here.
Together, these reports provide a snapshot of existing conditions in each of these areas and progress made in implementing the goals of the SAPs and the 2009 GDP.
The Office of Planning and Zoning and the County Administration have developed a robust Community Engagement Plan for development of Plan2040, which will establish a strong standard for citizen engagement, gather information on the citizens' vision for the County, ensure equitable stakeholder input, and ensure unified and positive public messaging in the Plan2040 process. View the full Community Engagement Plan here (revised June 2020 to reflect changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic).