ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MARYLAND

EXECUTIVE BRANCH

PLANNING

ORIGIN & FUNCTIONS


ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

The Economic Development Corporation originated as the Office of Economic Development, and reformed as a nonprofit corporation in July 1993 whose sole purpose is to run the County Economic Development Program (County Code, secs. 3-3-101 through 3-3-103).


OFFICE OF PLANNING & ZONING

The Office of Planning and Zoning plans the physical growth and development of Anne Arundel County. The Office revises the County General Plan; updates rules governing subdivision of property; reviews and revises zoning laws that regulate the use of property; and administers the subdivision code and the zoning ordinance.


[photo, Anne Arundel County Office of Planning and Zoning, Heritage Office Complex, 2664 Riva Road, Annapolis, Maryland] 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).

Office of Planning & Zoning, Heritage Office Complex, 2664 Riva Road, Annapolis, Maryland, March 2017. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


Under the Office are six divisions: Cultural Resources; Development; Long-Range Planning; Research and GIS; Transportation Planning; and Zoning. The Office also is aided by the Agricultural Preservation Advisory Board; the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Transformation Functional Master Plan; the Glen Burnie Town Center Advisory Committee; the Odenton Town Plan Oversight Committee; and the Planning Advisory Board.

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