Be a Part of Anne Arundel County’s General Development Plan – Plan 2040

Aug 13 2020

Be a Part of Anne Arundel County’s General Development Plan – Plan 2040

The General Development Plan (GDP) is Anne Arundel County’s comprehensive plan to guide land use in the County, capitalize on its assets and conserve critical resources. Adopted by the County Council, the GDP establishes policies and recommendations to guide land use decisions over a 20-year planning timeframe. Community engagement is critical!

In order to promote continued public participation in this year’s Plan 2040, the County has developed Plan2040 Community Engagement@Home. This interactive website gives the public the opportunity to review draft elements of Plan2040 and provide your comments. Plan2040 includes four themes developed by a Citizen Advisory Committee: Resilient and Sustainable Communities;” “New and Improved Infrastructure;” “Strategic Economic Growth and Redevelopment;” and “Community Character.”

“Community Character” is the theme heritage practitioners might be most interested in exploring. This theme seeks to ensure that the unique character of older communities, waterfront neighborhoods, and scenic and historic roadways will be protected; communities will feature sensible people-oriented development to, complement the existing scale of neighborhoods, and will be enhanced with historic and artistic amenities in public and private spaces; and the conservation of agricultural lands, parks, and natural areas, along with walkable neighborhoods, will contribute to the health and well-being of our communities.

To help guide you through this new technology, County Executive Pittman will host three Town Halls with the Office of Planning and Zoning. They’ll demonstrate how to use the tool and answer any questions about its functionality. This is your opportunity to help guide County policy around affordable housing, traffic, environmental protection and so much more for the next 20 years. 

While you are free to attend any session, they will be using specific examples per regional planning area depending on the date.

  • August 17th Town Hall | 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. | Regional Areas 1, 2, and 3
  • August 19th Town Hall | 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.| Regional Areas 4, 5, and 6
  • August 20th Town Hall | 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. | Regional Areas 7, 8, and 9

Register for one of the above engagement sessions.

The Four Rivers Heritage Area, including the sites and locations of our partners, is located within Regional Areas 7, 8, and 9 (Annapolis, Edgewater, and South County.)

The online open house will be available from August 5 – September 10, 2020. You can visit the website any time that fits your schedule. Thanks!