The New Decade Means New Comprehensive Plans

Local Spotlight  

Many jurisdictions coordinate the development of new comprehensive plans with the arrival of decennial census data. Census data is a foundation of comprehensive planning, providing a snapshot of Maryland communities, outlining growth trends, and distinguishing key demographic indicators.  

In 2013, House Bill 409 increased the review period for comprehensive plans to 10 years from six years. To learn more about the 10-year cycle and when your jurisdiction’s review is due, please visit the Maryland Department of Planning’s (Planning) Comprehensive Plan 10-Year Review Cycle webpage.  

As the lead agency for both the Maryland Census 2020 and the 60-day review of comprehensive plans and their amendments, Planning is steeped in this topic. Planning began listing comprehensive planning efforts in our September 2020 Planning Practice Monthly edition and will continue to track and publish website links in in future editions as we become aware of local efforts.  

If you are aware of any comprehensive planning process currently underway, please contact Joe Griffiths, Local Assistance and Training Manager, at and we will be sure to add them to this list.  

Recently Adopted! 

Town of Bel Air, 2021 Comprehensive Plan Updates, Harford County 

Bowie-Mitchellville and Vicinity Master Plan, Prince George’s County  

Under Development: 

planAberdeen, Harford County 

Adelphi Road-UMGC/UMD Purple Line Station Area Sector Plan, Prince George’s County  

Annapolis Ahead, Anne Arundel County  

Our Baltimore, Baltimore City 

Master Plan 2030, Baltimore County 

Brookeville, Update to Transportation, Pedestrian Networks & Streetscaping Elements, Montgomery County 

Cecil County Comprehensive Plan  

Plan Chesapeake Beach, Calvert County 

Emmitsburg Comprehensive Plan Amendment, Frederick County  

Town of Galena’s Comprehensive Plan 2031, Kent County 

Garrett County Comprehensive Plan 2021  

HoCo By Design, Howard County  

Loch Lynn Heights Comprehensive Plan, Garrett County 

Middletown, 2020 Comprehensive Plan, Frederick County  

Prince Frederick Town Center Master Plan and Zoning Updates, Calvert County  

Queen Anne’s County Comprehensive Plan Update 2021  

The Sugarloaf Treasured Landscape Management Plan, Frederick County 

Thrive Montgomery 2050  , Montgomery County 

Town of Thurmont Master Plan: 2040, Frederick County 

Town of Walkersville Comprehensive Plan Update 2020-21, Frederick County 

Washington County Comprehensive Plan 2040  

Town of Washington Grove 2021 Comprehensive Plan, Montgomery County 

West Hyattsville-Queens Chapel Sector Plan, Prince George’s County 

New Additions! (Is this New Additions category different than the Recently Adopted group at the top?) 

Town of New Windsor Comprehensive Plan Update, Carroll County 

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