Online Engagement in Allegany County, MD

Allegany County in Maryland is reaching out to residents through it’s Planning 2.0 website. The county hopes this will allow residents to participate more directly in the planning processes in the county:

While you can quickly find your own property and the current and future land uses, citizens can comment on any property and planned land uses. A few areas in the Eastern part of the county don’t have future land use plans available yet.

Citizen comments are entered in a pop-up box and once you enter a name, email address and/or phone number, your comment is locked down and visible only to county planning staff and GIS staff. Staff can view the comment and are prompted to respond, typically within 5-10 working days.

If a citizen has entered an email address, staff will usually respond via email, Stahlman said. Anonymous comments are possible, but the planning department will have no way to follow up with a citizen who leaves an anonymous comment, Stahlman said. The comments will help guide the comprehensive rezoning process underway in the county, Stahlman said.

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