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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 Plan2040 Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) provides input to the Office of Planning and Zoning in the development of Plan2040. The Commission consists of a Chair, citizens from each of the seven County Council districts, as well as representatives from the environment, building, education, and planning sectors.

Meetings are on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 4:30 to 6:30 pm in the Chesapeake Room of the Heritage Office Complex (2664 Riva Road, Annapolis). Meetings are open to the public. Agendas and meeting notes are available here.

Citizens Advisory Committee members:

 

Leo Wilson, Chair

 
Caren McPhatterMichael LinynskyElizabeth Rosborg
Christy D'AddarioJames FraserAmy Leahy
James LangleyPatricia LynchDouglas Nichols
Allan StraughanKerry PetzJim Krapf
Harry BlumenthalAnthony BrentHamilton Chaney
 David Povlitz 

 


 

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 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 eleven reports in total, including:

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. Each background report will be linked above as it is prepared.

 

What is the Process and Timeline?

 
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.
 
Want to stay up-to-date? Join our email list.
 

 

Upcoming Events

  • Plan2040 CAC Meeting
  • December 19
  • 2664 Riva Road, Heritage Complex, Annapolis, MD 21401 -Chesapeake Room at 2664 Riva Road
  • Plan2040 CAC Meeting
  • January 02
  • 2664 Riva Road, Heritage Complex, Annapolis, MD 21401 -Chesapeake Room at 2664 Riva Road
  • Plan2040 CAC Meeting
  • January 16
  • 2664 Riva Road, Heritage Complex, Annapolis, MD 21401 -Chesapeake Room at 2664 Riva Road
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