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Baltimore City Planning Department


Please take a look at our events calendar to see what we have going on this month!

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


CHAP Appoints New Executive Director

Casino Area 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.  The goal is to complete the master plan by Summer 2014 in order to have time to prepare the multi-year spending plan in Fall 2014 and incorporate the recommendations into the FY 16 budget.  
Click here to view more information on the Casino Area 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 

York Road Commercial Revitalization Planning Team Request for Proposals (RFP)

The York Road Commercial Revitalization Planning Team seeks consultant services to shape urban design and commercial strategies for the two-mile Baltimore City York Road Corridor emphasizing urban design, functionality, planning, and investment strategies to market York Road to potential investors and implement existing recommendations.

Click here to view the RFP which includes the intent and background, scope of services, and submission qualifications and guidelines.

Questions Due – 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 14, 2014 EST
Proposals Due – 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 28, 2014 EST

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) For York Road

In June 2013, staff from the Department of Planning and the Baltimore Development Corporation joined with institutional and community partners for the York Road Urban Land Institute (ULI) Technical Assistance Panel (TAP). This multi-day planning process examined opportunities for improving the York Road corridor from 39th Street in Baltimore City to Towsontown Boulevard in Towson. Recommendations from the report focus on opportunities for commercial revitalization,  transportation and streetscaping improvements, and improved urban design. A full text of the report is available here.

Northwest Community Planning Forum SNAP Prioritization Survey

The Northwest Community Planning Forum Strategic Neighborhood Action Plan was first adopted in 2005 and then updated in 2010.  It is intended as a guide for future investment and policies in the neighborhoods of Glen, Fallstaff, Cross Country, Cheswolde, and Mt. Washington as well as the adjacent Seton Business Park.
This survey will be one advisory input to help identify community priorities among the recommendations in the plan. The survey can be found at
Click here to view the Northwest Community Planning Forum SNAP
For more information, please contact Kate Edwards with the Department of Planning at or (410) 396-5934.

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) for Dolfield Avenue

The City of Baltimore, in partnership with the community and local stakeholders, hosted a ULI (Urban Land Institute) Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) to examine redevelopment opportunities for the Dolfield Avenue Commercial Area, adjacent to the West Cold Spring Metro Station in Northwest Baltimore.  Read the report and its recommendations.

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