New Zoning Plans Seek Feedback In West County, Pasadena, Annapolis


The Anne Arundel County Office of Planning and Zoning requested feedback on its draft maps for Region 2, Region 4 and Region 7 in the West County, Pasadena and Annapolis areas. The county seal is pictured above. (Jacob Baumgart/Patch)

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MD - Anne Arundel requested feedback on its new zoning plans for the West County, Pasadena and Annapolis areas.

The county is updating its zoning maps to follow changes implemented in its long-term land use and development strategy, called Plan2040.

Planners divided the county into nine regions. They are taking feedback on the new zoning plans three regions at a time.

Regions 2, 4 and 7 are currently accepting comments.

Region 2 includes the West County communities of Jessup, Annapolis Junction, Laurel, Maryland City, parts of Hanover, the Patuxent Research Refuge and Fort George G. Meade.

Region 4 includes the Broadneck peninsula and the Lake Shore peninsula. The region includes the communities of Pasadena, Gibson Island, Severna Park, Arnold, Cape St. Claire and Broadneck.

Region 7 includes the communities of Greater Annapolis, Parole, Riva, Annapolis Neck, Bay Ridge and Highland Beach.

“Restoring community-level planning to our county was a promise I made in 2018,” County Executive Steuart Pittman said in a press release. “These three draft Region Plans are what that promise was about. Please read them, comment on them, and continue to engage in our work to create a smarter, greener, and more equitable future.”

Planners met with appointed Stakeholder Advisory Committees and conducted outreach in each area. The Office of Planning and Zoning then drafted these preliminary Region Plans and zoning maps.

“Citizen participation aims to ensure that as many voices as possible are heard and taken into consideration for the best outcome for those who live and work in the Region communities,” Planning and Zoning Officer Jenny Jarkowski said in the release. “We need your feedback to make these the best plans for all!”

The draft maps are available by visiting or by clicking on the individual links for Region 2, Region 4 and Region 7. To see what region you live in, click here.

Residents can comment on the draft plans until Monday.

Zoning staff also held in-person drop-in sessions in each region. The only remaining session is  for Region 4. That meeting is Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Broadneck Library, located at 1275 Green Holly Drive.

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