What is Our Baltimore? Why is this planning process important? 

Our Baltimore is a comprehensive plan for Baltimore’s future.  The plan will guide development of the City over the next ten years and beyond. The plan is based on community input and values related to land use, transportation, housing, community facilities, and other important topics that impact our neighborhoods. 

 

The plan will build on the Mayor’s Action Plan, but look at a longer time horizon (10+ years). In particular, the plan will focus on the Equitable Neighborhood Development pillar, identifying what equitable neighborhood development looks like and how to achieve it. 

The plan will focus on how to make Baltimore better for current residents so that they want to stay, benefit from staying, and are inspired to invite their friends and family to move to Baltimore. By focusing on the needs and desires of current residents, the City will naturally grow over time. 

How will this plan be used after it is developed? 

This plan will guide development in the City of Baltimore. The recommendations and priorities identified in the plan will guide the decision making of the Planning Commission and CHAP, as well as the work of the Department of Planning in years ahead.

The recommendations in the plan will be prioritized using a tool developed by the equity work group. This tool will prioritize policy recommendations and related projects based on an overarching goal of moving our city towards equitable neighborhood development.

What will the plan do to promote equity? 

We are applying an equity lens in two ways: (1) to the process, by expanding our public engagement approach and (2) to the development of the plan content, through the leadership of an Equity Workgroup embedded into the structure of the plan management.  

What will the plan include?   

The plan will include recommendations focused on Livable Places, Resilient Economy, Harmony with Nature, and Healthy Communities.  

  • Livable Places: Housing and Community Development, Land Use, Transportation, Infrastructure, Design, Historic Preservation 

  • Resilient Economy: Economic Development, Infrastructure, Land Use, Transportation 

  • Harmony with Nature: Parks and Recreation, Environment, Infrastructure, Land Use, Transportation 

  • Healthy Communities: Public Health and Safety, Food Access and Security, Environmental Justice, Recreation and Education, Infrastructure 

 

How does this plan relate to other plans? 

This plan builds off of many existing plans and is being developed alongside several additional plans that are currently underway, such as the Climate Action Plan and the Recreation and Parks Comprehensive Plan.  

What was implemented from the last comprehensive plan? 

One of the biggest accomplishments from the last comprehensive plan was the development of a new zoning code. Baltimore’s zoning code hadn’t been updated in more than 40 years and many of the recommendations in the last comprehensive plan called for changes that could only be achieved through a new zoning code, such as zoning that encouraged transit oriented development and redevelopment of industrial properties. Rewriting the zoning code was a massive undertaking that took several years to complete, and was passed by the City Council in 2016. To see the status of all the recommendations from the last comprehensive plan, click here. 

Who is leading the planning process? 

The planning process is being led by the Department of Planning with support from an Advisory Council, Engagement Leadership Team, and other city agencies.

 

What is the engagement strategy? 

We have made an effort to develop an engagement strategy that reaches different audiences through targeted outreach. We have partnered with community based organizations to reach stakeholders who might not typically participate in processes like this. We also have developed a storytelling component to the planning process to make sure residents’ lived experiences and community histories contribute to the plan. 

How can I participate? 

There are many ways to participate depending on your interest and availability! You can attend a town hall, complete a survey online, connect with one of our engagement partners, and/or participate in our storytelling initiative. To learn about the latest opportunities, check our Get Involved page. 

 

What is the timeline for the planning process? 

The planning process starts in Spring 2022 and is expected to be completed in 2023. 

 

Spring 2022 – Listening:  Establishing Vision and Topics 

The City and our engagement partners are collecting community input and ideas to develop the plan’s key topics, visions, and goals. 

Fall 2022 – Creating:  Developing Recommendations 

We will engage stakeholders to develop and refine goals, strategies and recommendations to address the topics identified in the listening phase. 

2023 – Drafting and Reviewing: Writing and Revising Plan 

We will engage stakeholders to provide feedback on a draft plan.