Baltimore is a city of neighborhoods - nearly 300 - that have their own rich histories, cultures and relationships to the planning process.


Baltimore Department of Planning recognizes our need to build trust, improve community engagement and increase resident understanding of our role and resources. 

Through the Planning Academy, we want to connect residents to Baltimore's Planning Department, to other resources in City government, and to each other.

You! Baltimore City residents who want to increase their understanding of urban planning in order to improve their communities.

We are seeking engaged community members to join our inaugural cohort. You do not need a background in urban planning or development to participate - just enthusiasm, curiosity and interest!

We especially welcome and encourage applications from communities who have faced historic disinvestment in Baltimore.

We will accept applications for Fall 2019 in June and July of 2019. There will be 30 spots available through the application process. All participants must commit to all six workshops in the series.

We plan to offer the Planning Academy workshop twice annually - Fall and Spring.

Over six weeks, Academy participants will participate in 2 hour course sessions. These workshops are lead by Planning Department staff, and complemented by other community partners.

The core curriculum will cover in-depth the zoning and development process specific to Baltimore City.

The public is invited to follow along, view and download materials and presentations from each session on this webpage.

Baltimore's Planning Academy is a project of Baltimore's Department of Planning. It is a free six-week course focusing on the planning and development process in Baltimore.


The Academy aims to empower community residents to shape the future of their neighborhoods and of Baltimore by building an understanding of local urban planning and design processes.


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