2020 Comprehensive Plan

Annapolis Ahead, Bridging Barriers, and Connecting Communities. 

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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.

We want to make sure the goals reflect your, the public's, vision, as these goals will guide recommended actions of the Comprehensive Plan. Please let us know what you think! Are the things you would like to see happen in the City or your community reflected in these goals as currently written?


Annapolis Ahead 2040 Comprehensive Plan - Comments Web Form


Environmental Matters Committee - April 21 & 28, 2021

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City Council Work Session - April 1, 2021

The following presentation provides a rundown of the draft goals of the Comprehensive Plan: presentation PDF

Planning Commission Update on Growth and the Comprehensive Plan - March 4, 2021

PDF of the presentation

City Council Work Session - February 11, 2021

On the afternoon of Thursday, February 11th, the City Council was briefed on the progress made on the Comprehensive Plan and what we're looking to in the near future as we continue the work toward a plan that represents the vision of their constituents. The councilmembers were asked a series of questions on issues relevant to Annapolis and the Comprehensive Plan, and a fruitful discussion ensued.

PDF of the presentation

Planning Commission Update and Land Use Approach Presentation - January 7, 2021

An update on the progress we have made on the Comprehensive Plan was presented to the Planning Commission on the evening of Thursday, January 7th. There, we talked about the approaches we are taking to making the City a more livable place in the future and one where neighborhoods reflect the values of its inhabitants. A lively discussion ensued following the presentation.

PDF of the presentation

Where We Are and Where We Are Headed -- Comprehensive Plan Update Presentation - November 17, 2020

On Tuesday night, of November 17th, we hosted an all-encompassing presentation of the challenges Annapolis faces in the years ahead, but also the opportunities. Watch the video above to learn about relevant findings and hear what fellow Annapolitans said. Stick around for the last 20 minutes for a run-through of the newly released surveys listed below.

PDF of the workshop presentation

New Online Surveys:

Among the most pressing issues facing Annapolis are mobility and redevelopment concerns. Please help shape the direction of the Comprehensive Plan by sharing your opinions on these topics in the following public surveys. The surveys will be available until the end of this year, 2020, please share with others who might want to participate! 

If you are having any trouble or unsure of one or multiple questions, there is a run-through of both surveys in the final 20 minutes of the workshop video above that may guide you.

Redevelopment Survey

Mobility Survey

Redevelopment Survey en Español

Mobility Survey en Español

For more general ideas toward Comprehensive Plan priorities, we encourage you to share them using the following more broad survey that shouldn't take more than a few minutes:

Simple Comprehensive Plan Survey
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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.

What’s New? Latest Information on the Plan

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Sign up for the City’s  Notifications and News Flash email listservs.  The Planning and Zoning Department has a general News Flash and a weekly Comprehensive Plan Update. 

Key Documents

  1. 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.
  2. The Demographic and Economic Profile and Real Estate Market Analysis for the Annapolis Comprehensive Plan Update and the summary PowerPoint from November 14, 2019.
  3. The Fiscal Impact Analysis of the City's ability to meet its operating expenses over the next twenty years based on population growth projections
  4. For additional information on subsidized multi-family housing see the Five-Year Consolidated Housing and Community Development Plan, which will be updated this Spring.   
  5. Did you get a chance to catch Strong Town’s Chuck Moran’s presentation on October 10, 2019?  He discusses how jurisdictions can encourage sustainable development.  
  6. How to talk to your neighbors about the Comprehensive Plan: On the Table will guide you through background information and key topics.  
  7. What is a form-based code?  Learn about this approach to zoning that focuses more on form than use (but doesn’t ignore use altogether).  
  8. What the future of Annapolis' bike network may hold as envisioned by the local advocacy group BikeAAA in this presentation to the Annapolis Planning Commission
  9. What opportunities are there for the Maritime Industry in Annapolis in the future? Read about it in this Blue Technology Business Study and Strategy

Parts of a Comprehensive Plan

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


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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Consultant Team

Jakubiak & Associates Inc.

Jakubiak & Associates is a Maryland-based planning firm that has worked regularly with numerous municipalities in the region, including Annapolis, on comprehensive planning, zoning, land use analyses, and strategizing for policy mechanisms and regulation to put findings and concepts into action.

The firm’s role in the Comprehensive Plan update is to analyze the City’s land use data, develop policy and regulatory solutions that encourage a desired Annapolis revealed throughout the process, draft sections of the plan, and provide guidance to City staff working on the plan in whatever area necessary.

BAE Urban Economics

BAE is an urban economics and public-benefit real estate development consulting practice with connections to Annapolis that accounts for sustainable economics, equity, and the environment in considering practical city solutions. They have broad experience in feasibility studies, strategic planning, revitalization, public-private transactions, public financing, fiscal and economic impacts analyses, and development advisory services.

For the Comprehensive Plan, their role is to assemble a complete demographic and economic profile of Annapolis, conduct a real estate market analysis, and project land use under varying conditions, while relying on the aforementioned analyses, to inform decisions.


Stantec is a global multi-disciplinary firm that specializes in planning, engineering, and design among other areas. They regularly invest in internal research and push the boundaries of knowledge in topics such as sustainability, technology, and adapting to change, to inform the projects and services they provide for municipalities across the U.S. and internationally.

Their role, as a widely connected and specialized firm, involves building on the analyses conducted by the other consultants to evaluate and provide new and alternative approaches to development with data-supported concepts and illustrations to support community character objectives. Drawing from their expertise and partnerships, they will also provide recommendations related to transportation, public services, infrastructure improvements, and happiness and health interventions. The firm is also able to assist in the public outreach and engagement component.