Public Engagement Materials
- Planning Advisory Board (PAB) Draft - December 9, 2020
Below is a summary of the comments and the comments with OPZ responses from the Preliminary Draft as well as a list of edits that were made to the PAB draft based on public comment from the Preliminary Draft process.
PAB Meeting Materials
- December 9, 2020 - The PAB was briefed on Plan2040. At the end of the meeting, the PAB opened the record to receive written testimony through January 6, 2021. Click on the following links to view a recording of the December 9,2020 PAB meeting and a pdf of the presentation.
- January 6, 2021 - The PAB held a public hearing for those wishing to provide oral testimony. The public hearing for both oral and written testimony closed at the conclusion of the meeting. Click on the following link to view a recording of the January 6, 2021 PAB meeting.
- January 13, 2021 – The PAB deliberated and made their final recommendations. Click on the following links to view a recording of the January 13, 2021 PAB meeting and the Summary of Testimony and Responses received during the PAB review period.
- Preliminary Draft - September 30, 2020
- Online Open House - August 5 to September 10, 2020
An interactive online open house website, Plan2040 Community [email protected], was developed to present the draft Goals and the draft Planned Land Use Map for public comment. The website presented background information and drafts of the major elements of Plan2040 including the Vision, Themes, Goals, Policies, and Implementing Strategies, Development Policy Areas Map, Resource Sensitive Policy Areas Overlay Map, and the Planned Land Use Map. Users were able to provide comments through a set of surveys and interactive tools. Additionally, OPZ staff collaborated with Community Engagement and Constituent Services staff on three Town Halls to provide an orientation to the [email protected] website; approximately 180 community leaders and members of the public attended the virtual sessions. The website received over 4,000 visitors.
- Visioning Meetings - May and June 2019
A series of 17 Visioning Meetings were held in communities throughout the County, with citizen input activities that will help shape the Vision for Plan2040. Each meeting was structured similarly, starting with three Open House-style input activities, followed by an Open Comment Session. An online survey matched the Open House input activities, allowing those who could not attend in person to offer their input.
A summary of input from each Visioning Meeting, as well as a recording of the Open Comment portion of each meeting, is posted below. A summary of the online survey input will be prepared and linked below shortly after all online surveys have closed.
Small Area Surveys Recordings / Feedback Summaries JessupThe Jessup surveys are now closed. BWI / LinthicumThe BWI/Linthicum surveys are now closed. SevernThe Severn surveys are now closed. Brooklyn ParkThe Brooklyn Park surveys are now closed. CrownsvilleThe Crownsville surveys are now closed. Odenton The Odenton surveys are now closed. Glen Burnie The Glen Burnie surveys are now closed. Maryland City / RussettThe Maryland City/Russett surveys are now closed. Pasadena / Marley NeckThe Pasadena/Marley Neck surveys are now closed. Lake Shore The Lake Shore surveys are now closed. BroadneckThe Broadneck surveys are now closed. Severna ParkThe Severna Park surveys are now closed. CroftonThe Crofton surveys are now closed. South CountyThe South County surveys are now closed. Edgewater / MayoThe Edgewater/Mayo surveys are now closed. Annapolis NeckThe Annapolis Neck surveys are now closed. Deale / Shady SideThe Deale / Shady Side surveys are now closed.
- Smart Growth America Workshop - April 13, 2019A one-day Smart Growth Workshop was led by representatives from the non-profit organization 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) to provide educational sessions and kick-off the reconstitution of the Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC). With over 160 members of the public and the new CAC members in attendance, the workshop provided an overview of best practices in planning (including Smart Growth principles) and the impacts of changing demographics and trends in the knowledge economy. The workshop also provided an opportunity to collect critical feedback from stakeholder attendees. Click here for a summary of the workshop and the input received from participants as well as videos of some of the workshop presentations (videos here and here).
- Listening Sessions - September 2017 - February 2018
The eight Listening Sessions were the kickoff to Plan 2040, the update of the County’s General Development Plan. Each was formatted to provide various ways for everyone to share their thoughts on what is important to the future of Anne Arundel County.
The full summary of Public Engagement Feedback from the kickoff phase of Plan 2040 is available here: Kickoff Public Engagement Summary. View a video from the Broadneck High School Listening Session by visiting here. A summary of each Listening Session, the online survey, and a youth survey, is available below.
Listening Session and Online Survey Summaries North County High School Listening Session 1 Results/Comments Broadneck High School Listening Session 2 Results/Comments Old Mill High School Listening Session 3 Results/Comments Arundel High School Listening Session 4 Results/Comments Annapolis High School Listening Session 5 Results/Comments Northeast High School Listening Session 6 Results/Comments Southern High School Listening Session 7 Results/Comments Brooklyn Park Middle School Listening Session 8 Results/Comments Online Survey Online Survey Results/Comments Youth Survey Youth Survey Results
Listening Session Agenda
Introduction to Plan 2040
The Office of Planning and Zoning (OPZ) Officer introduced the evening’s format and provided an overview of what the General Development Plan is, why it is important, and what is next for Plan 2040.
Values and Topics Surveys
This was 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 gave citizens a voice in determining the issues that are most important to shaping the Vision for Anne Arundel County’s future.
The Values Survey invited individuals to write down and share their 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 helped OPZ staff gauge whether certain stakeholder groups are not being reached through the public engagement process that has been outlined.
The Topics Survey asked individuals to select what they felt are the most important topics for the County. Listening Session participants used colored dots to indicate their top choices of various topics as shown below:
Listening Session attendees reconvened to share their ideas and thoughts in an open forum.
Participants in the North County High School Listening Session use colored dots to indicate their selections in the Topics Survey.