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.
Plan2040 Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)
The application period for the Plan2040 Citizens Advisory Committee is now closed.
We received over 30 applications in addition to over 80 received during the Spring 2018 application period. We want to thank everyone for their interest in serving.
All applications will be forwarded to the County Executive who will make appointments to the CAC.
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
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 started in September 2017
with a series of Listening Sessions
held around the County to hear the issues and vision people have for the County. An online survey
mirrored the Listening Session format to expand the opportunities for input. Summaries
of each Listening Session survey and the online survey can be found here
, and a video
from our Broadneck High School Listening Session is also available.
County staff are preparing Background Reports on the various elements to be addressed in Plan2040. There will be nine reports in total, including:
A consultant is preparing a Land Use Market Analysis that will be available at a later date. Together, these reports will 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.
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