About the Comprehensive Plan
Preserving open spaces. Enhancing transportation. These concepts and others drive the vision for the Comprehensive Plan, a long range plan that guides policy, investment, program, and land use decisions within the County. The Comprehensive Plan update process is complete, and the adopted 2016 Comprehensive Plan is now the official land use policy document to ensure that Charles County is an ideal place to live, work, shop, and recreate.
Under state law (Land Use Article of Annotated Code of Maryland), the County must review its Comprehensive Plan every ten years. The County’s first Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 1974. The County Commissioners officially adopted the current 2016 Comprehensive Plan on July 12, 2016. The 2016 Comprehensive Plan provides the framework for land use, growth management, rural/agricultural policies, economic development, water resources, natural environmental resources, community facilities, and energy efficiency decisions through approximately 2040. The 2016 Comprehensive Plan can be viewed on the County website at this link.
The Towns of Indian Head and La Plata are incorporated, and have their own Comprehensive Plans. While the Charles County Comprehensive Plan does not set policy inside the towns, the County coordinated the development of the Plan with the towns, and the Plan encourages cooperation between the Towns and the County.