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Listening Session

The eight Listening Sessions are the kickoff to Plan 2040, the update of the County’s General Development Plan. Each is formatted to provide various ways for everyone to share their thoughts on what is important to the future of Anne Arundel County.

View a video from the Broadneck High School Listening Session by visiting here.


Listening Session Agenda

Introduction to Plan 2040

(6:00pm to 6:15pm)                         

The Office of Planning and Zoning (OPZ) Officer will introduce the evening’s format and provide an overview of what the General Development Plan is, why it is important, and what is next for Plan 2040. 

Listening Session Powerpoint Presentation


Values and Topics Surveys

(6:15pm to 7:00pm)

This is a two-part activity to gather input from the public to help guide the development of Plan 2040. While Plan 2040 will address all of the planning topics that are critical to comprehensive planning and coordinated implementation, the Values and Topics Surveys give citizens a voice in determining the issues that are most important to shaping the Vision for Anne Arundel County’s future.

The Values Survey invites you to write down and share your thoughts on the following questions:

  • What do you like about Anne Arundel County?
  • What needs to be improved?
  • What should the future of the County look like?

The Demographic survey will help OPZ staff gauge whether certain stakeholder groups are not being reached through the public engagement process that has been outlined.

The Topics Survey asks you to select what you feel are the most important topics for the County. Listening Session participants will use colored dots to indicate their top choices of various topics as shown below:




Open Comment

(7:00pm to 8:00pm)

Listening Session attendees will reconvene to share their ideas and thoughts in an open forum. OPZ staff will listen and record each speaker’s comments.

The results of the surveys and comments will be compiled and shared on the Plan 2040 website. All results shared will be anonymous.

Listening Session

Participants in the North County High School Listening Session use colored dots to indicate their selections in the Topics Survey.