BALTIMORE COUNTY, MARYLAND

EXECUTIVE BRANCH

PLANNING

ORIGIN & FUNCTIONS


DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

In December 2013, the Department of Economic Development was reorganized as the Department of Economic and Workforce Development.

DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING

The Department of Planning began as the Office of Planning, which later became the Office of Planning and Zoning.

The Department plans the physical growth and development of the County. It implements programs and projects to strengthen communities, improve housing opportunities, revitalize older commercial centers, and preserve rural resources.

At least every ten years, the Office prepares and revises the County Master Plan. The Office monitors the Plan's implementation, and reports every two years on the Plan to the County Executive and County Council (County Charter, Art. V, secs. 522-524; County Code, Art. 3, secs. 2-1201 through 2-1204).

Matters relating to planning and zoning are governed by both State and County laws. The Maryland Forest Conservation Act, for example, requires all county governments to adopt local forest conservation programs (Chapter 255, Acts of 1991; Code Natural Resources Article, secs. 5-1601 through 5-1613).

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