The 2008 Comprehensive Plan is the City of Hagerstown's official statement of policies directing the physical, social, and economic development of Hagerstown for the next 20 years, as well as policies for managing the city's water and wastewater utilities over that time period. This plan satisfies the requirements of Article 66B of the Annotated Code of Maryland. This plan also represents a significant departure from the earlier 1997 Comprehensive Plan, in that it responds to new growth pressures, water and wastewater limitations, and other concerns that have emerged since the approval of the 1997 Comprehensive Plan.
The 2008 Comprehensive Plan also provides the land use and growth management policy framework for Hagerstown's efforts to regain and strengthen its role as the primary provider of urban services in the Hagerstown region. Major themes of this plan include growth and annexation, revitalization of existing land, water and wastewater limits, enhancement of parks and recreational opportunities, and improvements to transportation.
The 2008 Comprehensive Plan sets forth new city policies that will be implemented through a number of separate decisions, ordinances, and laws. Hagerstown's Land Management Code, ordinances, and maps will be updated and amended to be consistent with the plan's recommendations. The city's Capital Improvement Program (CIP) will include specific projects described in the Plan. The Plan also serves as the basis for future amendments to the County Water and Sewer Plan.
The 2008 Comprehensive Plan
The Comprehensive Plan was adopted by the Mayor & City Council on April 22, 2008, and amended on April 28, 2009, and September 28, 2010.
*Note: Addendum - 2010 Small Areas Plan