Through this process, the Department of Planning is asking ourselves and you - the residents of Baltimore: 

How can Baltimore retain and support residents? 


          How can we work together to make Baltimore a great place to live so residents will:

  • Want to stay

  • Benefit from staying

  • Invite their friends to live in


Themes and Content


In addition to this framework, we are starting to develop our plan from a foundation of four themes. Please read here about our themes and topic areas covered by them





In 2021, the Department of Planning held conversations about public engagement with Baltimore City residents who had interacted with our agency via the Planning Academy, Food Equity Policy Advisors, and Sustainability Plan Ambassadors. Through these early conversations, we developed strategies for public engagement.  Thank you to all who participated in these early conversations and helped shape our approach!

See links below for documentation of our pre-planning process:

Engagement goals and principles

Appendix & Process

Spring & Summer 2022 Engagement Approach

  • Our Community Engagement Leadership team consists of community based organizations across Baltimore City. The purpose of this team is to tailor engagement to reach and engage residents who may not otherwise participate in the public planning process.

  • We are developing a network of Storytelling Ambassadors. The storytellers will be a part of a cohort trained to host conversations with their neighbors, family and friends about their experiences living in Baltimore City and in their neighborhood. These conversations will use storytelling as a mechanism to generate ideas and recommendations for the planning process.

  • In addition to these opportunities, community leaders can access a digital meeting-in-a-box. This tool provides everything you need to host an event about the Comprehensive Plan and is great for community association meetings and events.

  • Finally, we are hosting a series of Spring open house events open to all. RSVPs aren't required, but are helpful.

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.

Our Timeline

Our Framework


Existing Plans and Plans in Progress 

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.  



Transportation and Infrastructure​ 


Community and Economic Development​ 

  • Arts District strategic plans ​ 

  • Anchor institution campus plans ​ 



2006 Comprehensive Plan

The Comprehensive Plan for the City of Baltimore was last completed in 2006. We are now working on the update in response to the 2020 Census. In coming years, the City of Baltimore will be expected to update our Comprehensive Plan every decade, in response to the Census.


A copy of the 2006 Comprehensive Plan can be downloaded and reviewed via this link.


Our team reviewed the 2006 plan and developed a progress report analyzing steps taken towards each recommendation. Please take a look at this document.

Contact Our Team

Stephanie Smith, Assistant Director:

Sara Paranilam: Chief, Policy & Data Analysis:

Elina Bravve: City Planner:

The Advisory Council for Our Baltimore, consisting of a cross section of Baltimore residents, will help shape the Comprehensive Plan process. Please follow this link to learn more about the Advisory Council members.