In Anne Arundel County, agencies concerned with planning include the Economic Development Corporation, and the Office of Planning and Zoning.


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

The County Economic Development Program is run by the Economic Development Corporation, which serves as a catalyst for business growth in the County. As such, the Corporation works to increase job opportunities, expand the tax base, and improve citizensí quality of life. To do so, it provides to the public services, including financing, site selection assistance, permitting and zoning guidance, workforce development support, community revitalization, market research, and small business counseling and resources. The Corporation also seeks to enhance commercial districts, improve infrastructure, and grow and promote business sectors, such as technology, agriculture, and maritime within the County.


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

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).

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.

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

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