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Anne Arundel County

Anne Arundel County 2009 General Development Plan

The 2009 General Development Plan was approved by the County Council under Bill No. 64-09 on October 19, 2009.

The 2009 General Development Plan establishes a vision for the future based on four core principles: balanced growth and sustainability, community preservation and enhancement, environmental stewardship, and quality public services. The 2009 GDP includes a Land Use Plan to guide future development patterns, and a Transportation Plan with recommendations for improving the County’s road network, public transit options, and travel demand management.  The GDP also proposes a Priority Preservation Area in accordance with new State requirements for agricultural preservation. In addition, the GDP includes a Water Resources Plan that assesses land use impacts on local water resources and lays out strategies to protect those resources. Finally, the GDP addresses the need for concurrency management to ensure that public facilities and services will be available to serve future needs.

Plan 2040: Updating the General Development Plan


The County has posted on its website Long Range Planning pages a process and timeline for updating the 2009 General Development Plan. It is highly recommended that anyone interested in the new GDP visit the site and review the planning documents available there. In addition to the documents posted on the County site, other supplementary materials can be accessed through the links below.

Presentations by County staff to the Citizens Advisory Committee
          Water Resources
          Environmental Protection
          Economic and Community Development/Revitalization
          Watershed Protection and Restoration

          Department of Aging and Disabilities

          Department of Recreation and Parks

          Public Schools

          Anne Arundel Community College


          Solid Waste

Additional documents provided to the CAC

  GDP visioning overview

Anne Arundel County Long Range Planning Division

The Long Range Planning Division is the lead in preparing the County's General Development Plan, Small Area Plans, Town Center Plans, Water and Sewer Master Plan, and other functional plans as needed.

Anne Arundel County 2013 Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan
Central Maryland  Transit Development Plan

The Anne Arundel County Office of Planning and Zoning (OPZ) has undertaken the task of updating the 2003 Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan. The purpose of the 2013 Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan (2013 PBMP) is to identify improvement opportunities which increase the potential for safe trip-making by walking and bicycling while diminishing the need for singleoccupant vehicle (SOV) trips. While the 2003 Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan (2003 PBMP) focused upon pedestrian and bicycle improvements in targeted geographic improvement areas, the 2013 PBMP focuses on pedestrian and bicycle improvements which create transportation alternatives for Anne Arundel County residents within the urbanized areas. Funding for this planning effort was provided through the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) through the execution of a Federal grant under the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP).

The development of the Transit Development Plan for Central  Maryland began in the Fall of 2016.  The purpose of the plan is to evaluate the performance of the existing transit service, identify public  transit needs in the region, and develop proposals to meet those needs and improve transit service.  

Anne Arundel County Transportation Planning Division

The Transportation Division provides guidance on behalf of the County in planning and engineering studies conducted by the State Highway Administration for improvement or new construction of the state-maintained roadway network. In a similar fashion, it provides planning assistance to Anne Arundel County's Department of Public Works for roadway, bicycle and pedestrian facilities that are owned and maintained by the County. It coordinates with the Development Division regarding road right-of-way, transit accessibility design, pedestrian and bicycle facilities and recommendations involving highway modifications resulting from the transportation adequate public facilities requirements.

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