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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


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

  • Frederick Elementary School 2/11 at 5:30 pm - 1st Workshop
  • Lyndhurst Elementary School 1/28 at 5:30 pm - 2nd Workshop
  • Fort Worthington Elementary School 2/18 at 4:30 pm - 2nd Workshop
  • John Eager Howard late February (exact date and time TBD) - 2nd Workshop

For more information, visit the INSPIRE page here.

South Baltimore Gateway Master Plan

On behalf of the Administration, the Department of Planning is leading a master planning process for the area around the new Horseshoe Casino. Planning staff envisions that the plan will revolve around two main themes: a bold environmental agenda and creation and enhancement of healthy livable communities. The goal is to complete the master plan before the Summer of 2015 in order to have time to prepare the multi-year spending plan in Fall 2015 and incorporate the recommendations into the FY‘17 budget.

Click here to view more information on the South Baltimore Gateway Master Plan Website.

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.
To view the proposed NEW Code visit 

Baltimore Climate Action Plan

The Climate Action Plan (CAP) was adopted in late 2012 and was recently published to the Office of Sustainability website.

Click here to read more on the CAP.  

Download the Climate Action Plan

Maritime Master Plan 2012

The Maritime Master Plan (MMP) is a policy guide for all activities in, on, or above the waters of the harbor. It helps balance the needs of industrial and commercial shipping, with the needs of recreational users to create a safe and vibrant mix of activity throughout the waterfront.

Download a copy of the newly adopted Maritime Master Plan – a plan for the waters of Baltimore’s harbor.

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.

Green Building Standards

In August 2007, Council Bill 07-0602 mandated the City establish Green Building Standards for commercial and multi-family residential buildings over 10,000 square feet being either newly constructed or extensively modified.


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