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Annapolis Ahead.  Bridging Barriers.  Connecting Communities.  Welcome to the ABCs of planning in Annapolis.  The City of Annapolis Plan, serving as the 2020 update to the City's comprehensive plan, will focus on protecting and enhancing neighborhood health, supporting economic growth and diversity, and ensuring that the local environment is resilient.

What is a Comprehensive Plan?

A Comprehensive Plan is a broad statement about the community, looking approximately 20 years ahead.  The plan includes goals and strategies to achieve the goals, with specific performance measures and targets that will help determine if these goals are being met.  We will be looking at how we can ensure healthy communities, healthy economies, and healthy environments.

Parts of a Comprehensive Plan

The new plan will build on the 2009 Comprehensive Plan with public input, data collection, goal definition, strategies, performance measures, and performance targets to ensure that it all gets put into action.

Certain sections of the plan are required by the Land Use Article from State of Maryland Law.  The plan will begin with a demographic analysis of the City and will also include sections on:

  • Land Use
  • Environment
  • Water Resources and Sea Level Rise
  • Historic and Neighborhood Conservation 
  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Parks and Community Facilities
  • Sensitive Areas
  • Municipal Growth

First Steps

The Planning Commission will have a worksession with the City Council on April 18 at 3 pm in the City Council Chambers.  On May 7, there will be a public meeting, starting at 7 pm at the "Pip" Moyer Recreation Center, 273 Hilltop Lane.    


The plan guides decision-making and directs implementation actions.  Implementation happens through the combined efforts of individuals, communities, civic groups, and the City government. Many of the plan's goals and policies reflect this shared responsibility. The City's two main implementation tools are regulating development and funding capital improvements such as roads and parks.

One first step is to critically examine all that we've accomplished in the last 10 years since the 2009 Plan and all that we were unable to accomplish, so we can begin thinking about what is next for the City.

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