Comprehensive Plan

The 2009 Comprehensive Plan (Plan) is a master long-range plan intended to guide the growth and development of Westminster. The Plan includes inventory and analytic sections leading to recommendations for the community's land use, economic development, housing, transportation, community facilities, water resources, urban design and resource allocation: all related to the community's goals and objectives.

About the Adopted Plan


The City of Westminster Plan was adopted on September 28, 2009. The Plan is a document that can be used as an everyday tool for the City of Westminster administration. The public, local officials and city staff can refer to the Plan to not only better understand the community vision for the future but to also understand how planning can facilitate creating that vision.

The Plan embraces the principles of Smart Growth, and the State of Maryland’s 12 state planning visions, to serve as guidelines for future growth and development. The plan also gives recognition to Westminster’s partners in State, County and local organizations and agencies. As a small city, Westminster depends on these partnerships to build a sustainable and vibrant community.

Mid-Cycle Review of the Adopted Plan


Pursuant to State Law, municipal Planning and Zoning Commissions are required to review their comprehensive plans on a ten-year basis to determine if changes may be needed. In 2017, the Westminster Planning and Zoning Commission (“Commission”) reviewed the Plan. The final report, which can be found below from the Commission, suggests the recommended priorities for City action during the second half of the 20-year planning cycle. The letter also mentions Commission approval of the Growth Tier Map and associated plan text which explains the addition of this map. This map and associated text was approved by the Mayor and Common Council on January 28, 2019 by Resolution 19-02, and subsequently the Plan was updated. 


December 14, 2017 letter to the Honorable Mayor and Common Council of Westminster


2009 Comprehensive Plan