Planning in Progress

Planning has completed a draft of the new state development plan, A Better Maryland. The department would like to thank everyone who provided input, as it helped shape and formulate the draft plan. Our outreach process began in fall 2017 with meetings in all 23 counties and Baltimore City. Each day-long visit included meetings with elected officials, staff and a general public meeting. Staff met with every jurisdiction for a second round of meetings in fall 2018 and have been working on the draft plan for the past several months. You can check out notes from both round of public outreach on the project’s input page.

The final plan is due to Governor Hogan by July 1, 2019. Planning is asking for public assistance one more time by reading the draft plan and providing any final comments.  Please share this with others as we value all input.

The draft can be found at the homepage. The plan is currently in a PDF format, so the final plan will visually look very different once graphics are included.

Comments should be provided by Friday, May 17,  by emailing them to Joe Griffiths at If you prefer to discuss your comments by phone, please call either Joe Griffiths  at (410) 767-4553, Chuck Boyd at (410) 767-1401 or Pat Keller (410) 767-0901.

We look forward to sharing our final plan on July 1!