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Posted on: June 22, 2023

Press Release: City Officials Release Draft of ‘Annapolis Ahead 2040’ Comprehensive Plan

Press Release

Mayor Gavin Buckley

Public Information Office

160 Duke of Gloucester Street

Annapolis, Maryland 21401



Media contact: Mitchelle Stephenson, 410-972-7724 or 


City Officials Release Draft of ‘Annapolis Ahead 2040’ Comprehensive Plan; Set Schedule for Public Meetings

Annapolis, MD (June 21, 2023) - The City of Annapolis Department  of Planning and Zoning has prepared a draft of the “Annapolis Ahead 2040” Comprehensive Plan. The draft Plan was completed after more than 100 in-person and virtual meetings between 2019 and 2022.

On June 15, the draft Plan was presented to the Annapolis Planning Commission as required by the State of Maryland’s Land Use code. The Commission and Planning team have set  90 days for a public review period required by the State. Over the coming weeks, the draft Plan will be presented in a series of virtual and in-person meetings that the public is encouraged to attend. The Planning team has also launched a dedicated website at where the public can access the draft Plan, and submit public comment.

A municipal comprehensive plan is a foundational document that helps communities identify, prioritize, and allocate resources. The Maryland Department of Planning requires comprehensive plans from all county and municipal governments every ten years following the release of U.S. Census data. 

The Annapolis Ahead 2040 Comprehensive Plan forecasts land use, infrastructure, and community needs organized by three specific “visions” of Annapolis: The Thriving City (Municipal Growth, Land Use, and Housing); The Functional City (Transportation, Community Facilities and Arts & Culture); and The Adaptive City (Environmental Sustainability andWater Resources,). The Plan also includes an Introduction, and  chapters on Demographic Trends, Development Regulations, Areas of Critical State Concern, and a Recommended Action Matrix.

Before the Planning Commission finishes its review of the  Annapolis Ahead 2040 Comprehensive Plan and delivers the Plan to the Annapolis City Council for adoption, the Annapolis Department of Planning and Zoning seeks to engage the public to ensure broad, equitable, and diverse engagement from residents and other stakeholders across all areas of the City. 

Two virtual meetings will be held:

  • 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 22 (LINK passcode: 075019)

  • 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 29 (LINK passcode: 416373)

To access the virtual meeting, use the link and, when prompted, enter the passcode. The presentation will also be available (view-only, no Q&A) at

The in-person meetings are as follows: 

  • 6 p.m. July 11 at the Pip Moyer Recreation Center, 273 Hilltop Lane, Annapolis (Wards 5 and 6)

  • 6 p.m. on July 12 at Eastport Neck Public Library, 269 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis (Wards 7 and 8)

  • 6 p.m. on July 17 at Mount Olive AME Church, 2 Hicks Ave., Annapolis (Wards 3 and 4)

  • 6 p.m. on July 18 at Michael E. Busch Public Library, 1410 West Street, Annapolis (Wards 1 and 2)

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