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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

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.

You’re Invited: Revisions to CHAP Procedures & Design Guidelines Historic District Kickoff Meeting

WHEN: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 6-8 PM

WHERE: Phoebe Stanton Boardroom – 417 E. Fayette Street, 8th Floor

RSVP: By April 10th to

Please join us to learn more about the CHAP Procedures & Design Guidelines revision process that will take place over the course of 2015. The Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation is undertaking a comprehensive series of revisions to update, edit, and enhance the current Procedures and Design Guidelines that guide design review in Baltimore City Historic Districts. The meeting will include a presentation on the proposed timeline and revisions for consideration, a question and answer session, and an opportunity for discussion and input. We hope to see you there!

New Baltimore City Recreation & Parks Master Plan Inventory Map

The Department of Planning has been working with the Department of Recreation & Parks to create a new digital Parks Master Plan component of the City’s Master Plan.  This new digital map will replace the 1968 adopted Parks Master Plan that was grandfathered in as a component of LIVE EARN PLAY LEARN, The City’s Comprehensive Master Plan.  The Department of Recreation and Park's last strategic plan, though not formally adopted by the Planning Commission was completed in 1991.  This digital plan component authorizes the maintenance and periodic updating of the Parks Master Plan in a digital format, that can include a geographic database and mapping.  This adoption only includes a property inventory and will be used as the basis for future strategic recreation and open space planning and Planning Commission Actions.

The Planning Commission is scheduled to hear this at the February 26, 2015 meeting.  The Commission will also hear three amendments that will include the following:

· Add a portion of BGE property at 2107 W Coldspring Lane for expansion of Cold Spring Park and delist a small portion of the southeast corner of 4915 Greenspring Avenue (Camp Small).
· Delist a portion of McKim Park at 1200 E Baltimore and add 1251 E Fayette Street for the expansion of McKim Park. 
· Add of a portion of the Pimlico Safety Academy grounds at 3500 W Northern Parkway. 

Click here to download the BCRP inventory map


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.

    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 

    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.


    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