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Baltimore City Planning Department


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Our Mission:

To provide the highest level services and leadership in urban and strategic planning,historical and architectural preservation, zoning, design, development, and capital budgeting to promote the sustained economic, social, and community development of the City of Baltimore.

The Department has established six planning divisions to help it carry out its mission: Office of the Director, Land Use and Urban Design, Comprehensive Planning, Research and Strategic PlanningHistorical and Architectural Preservation. and the Office of Sustainability.

Featured Items

South Baltimore Gateway Master Plan

The South Baltimore Gateway Master Plan is now available! 

South Baltimore Gateway Master Plan

Click here to view the master plan website.

Floodplain Management

Baltimore City floodplain management is a program of corrective and preventative measures for reducing flood damage, including but not limited to emergency preparedness plans, flood control works, and floodplain management regulations. Floodplain regulations are meant to protect life, health and property; minimize rescue and relief efforts; minimize business interruptions; minimize damage to public facilities; minimize the occurrence of future flood blight areas; minimize public expenditures for costly flood control projects; and prevent increases in the regional flooding. 

The City of Baltimore Floodplain Management Office provides map information services, flood protection information, flood protection assistance, and historical hazard information. The Office offers information about Baltimore City's FIRMs such as assistance with determining if a property is located in the Special Flood Hazard Area, what the estimate Base Flood Elevation (BFE) is for a property, and what flood depths may be at that site. Floodplain Managers will also provide information about historic flooding, V-zones, the floodway, and natural floodplain functions in a specific area. They also maintain elevation certificates , floodproofing certificates and other relevant floodplain information. These documents are readily available to anyone upon request.  For assistance with flood maps please contact Zane Hadzick, CFM at [email protected] or Kristin Baja, CFM at [email protected] 

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The Compass Special Issue: 2014 Year in Review

This annual report highlights the many accomplishments achieved and initiatives underway in the Planning Department. 

Click here to view the Report.


Please join us at our upcoming INSPIRE school neighborhood planning workshops at the following schools:

There are no meetings scheduled at this time.  

    For more information, visit the INSPIRE page here.

    Transform Baltimore

    The NEW Baltimore City Zoning Code Legislation

    The Department of Planning is pleased present the rewrite of the Zoning Code of the City of Baltimore.  The Planning Commission has submitted recommendations to the City Council, and the Council held their first hearing on April 3rd.  Please check the City Council webpage for future hearing announcements.

    Click here to view the Planning Commission’s recommendations to City Council.

    Click here to view the NEW Code.

    Office of Sustainability

    We define sustainability as “Meeting the environmental, social, and economic needs of Baltimore without compromising the ability of future generations to meet these needs.”

    The Baltimore Office of Sustainability is pleased to announce the launch of our new website at

    The website is designed as a resource for the Baltimore community to learn more about the goals of the Sustainability Plan, the many excellent efforts underway in our city, and how you can become part of the solution.

    The website also features a space for individuals, schools, businesses, community groups, and anyone else in the Baltimore community to share their success story about how they helped further the shared goals of the Sustainability Plan.

    Please take a few minutes to explore the site and share with us your success story.


    Using the new online pre-development form, now you can submit your proposed development project and request a pre-development meeting ONLINE.  After a simple login process, you can organize your contacts and project information all in one location and access it as needed.  You will also have critical property information and links to development resources at your disposal prior to your meeting.

    Click here to Log On to the Online Pre-Development Form

    Help: How To Submit