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Planning / Divisions / Research and Strategic Planning

The Research and Strategic Planning Division provides information, research, analysis and evaluation of planning practices to enable the Department's decision-making and development activities. The division is responsible for for maintaining and updating the City's comprehensive master plan, producing the City's cooperative forecast in collaboration with the member jurisdictions of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, preparing for decennial censuses and working with the US Census Bureau to produce annual population estimates, and providing GIS-based information and analysis on planning policies and decisions. In addition to serving as a clearinghouse for GIS and Census-based information the City of Baltimore, the Division is charged with maximizing the use of emerging technologies and planning support systems to help inform elected officials, developers, planners and communities of the impact and status of development in the City. The Division works closely with the Baltimore Development Corporation, the Greater Baltimore Committee and other community, academic, local, state, and federal organizations and agencies.

In addition, the Division provides the City's agencies and Office of the Mayor with data analysis, best practice research and grant opportunities for the various fields of planning: Housing and Community Development, Transportation Planning, Environmental Planning, Economic Development Planning, Real Estate Development and Public Health.

Green spaceBaltimore Green Space- A land Trust for Community Managed Open Space

Baltimore Green Space is a 501(c)3 organization that protects community gardens, pocket parks, and other open spaces created and cared for by city residents. At the request of neighborhoods, Baltimore Green Space acquires established community-managed open spaces and provides support to those who care for them. This allows communities to ensure that their hard work survives – but without taking on the responsibilities of acquisition, ownership, and liability.

Communities whose open spaces are protected by Baltimore Green Space receive these benefits:

  • Open spaces preserved by Baltimore Green Space are not in danger of redevelopment
  • Baltimore Green Space provides basic liability insurance for its open spaces.
  • Baltimore Green Space can provide increased access to water.
  • Baltimore Green Space’s technical support provides an opportunity to reflect on successes and challenges, and to identify new resources.

If your neighborhood wants to preserve a community-managed open space, or to learn more about how community-managed open spaces benefit neighborhoods and all of Baltimore, please call at (443) 695-7504 or write to


Department of Planning
Thomas J. Stosur, Director
417 E. Fayette Street
8th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 396-7526 (PLAN)
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Jessica Daniels Varsa
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