FY21-26 Program - Get Involved

Fiscal Years 2021-2026 Capital Improvement Program (Fiscal Year 2021 Capital Budget)

The process to develop the Capital Improvement Program starts with agencies, so one of the best ways to get involved is to engage directly with agencies.  This can take many forms.  Agencies frequently engage the public in planning processes to identify priorities. Agencies also engage stakeholders through plans focused on particular neighborhoods, such as INSPIRE plans and LINCs plans.  In addition to engaging stakeholders through planning processes, agencies value input from residents about failing infrastructure, whether through 311 or direct outreach.  Residents can also work directly with agency representatives on particular project ideas.

Once agencies have submitted their capital requests there is an extensive process of public hearings related to the development of the capital budget. The Planning Commission, Board of Estimates, and City Council votes all include opportunity for public comment. Stakeholders are encouraged to attend and participate in these hearings. Stakeholders can also communicate support for a particular project or priority by sending a letter to the Planning Commission, care of the Director of Planning.

The process kicks off in September. See the table below for dates of important events or milestones for the FY21-26 process.




September 24, 2019

Harbor Hospital/Baum Auditorium

Public Information Session 
(Click here for more information)

October 3, 2019

417 E. Fayette St., 8th Floor

Planning Commission Review of City Schools' FY21-26 CIP Request

November 14, 2019

417 E. Fayette St., 8th Floor

Planning Commission Review of Loan Authorization for FY22 & 23

December 2019



Agency project requests due to Planning

January 9 & 16, 2020

417 E. Fayette St., 8th Floor

Agencies brief Planning Commission (click here or see below for full schedule)

February 20, 2020

417 E. Fayette St., 8th Floor 

Planning Commission Work Session

March 5, 2020

417 E. Fayette St., 8th Floor

Planning Commission Vote

March 25, 2020

200 Holliday St., (Abel Wolman Building)

Board of Finance Vote

April 2020 (TBD)

101 N. Gay St. (War Memorial Building)

BOE Taxpayer Night

May 2020 (TBD)

City Hall, 2nd Floor (Board of Estimates Room)

Board of Estimates Vote

May 2020 (TBD)

City Hall, 4th Floor (Council Chambers)

City Council Taxpayer Night

June 2020 (TBD)

City Hall, Council Chambers

City Council Budget Hearings and Vote

Exact times for voting sessions will be updated as they become available and are subject to change. Sign up for the Planning Commission listserv here to get email updates with official Planning Commission agendas, or follow us on Facebook for updates. Check the Board of Finance, Board of Estimates, and City Hall schedules to confirm times for hearing and/or votes.

Check our Reports and Resources page for updated reports and other resources as the Capital Improvement Program planning process moves forward.

Schedule for Agency Presentations to Planning Commission
Each year, capital budget agencies present their capital project requests and priorities to the Planning Commission in an hour-long presentation. Presentations take place in the Benton Building at 417 E. Fayette St., in the Pheobe B. Stanton Boardroom on the 8th floor. Note that you will need to show an identification card at the security desk downstairs in order to enter the building. Presentations will be live-streamed, and staff will monitor the live stream for questions. Questions from the public will be taken as time permits. The schedule for agency presentations is below:

            January 9, 2020
            10:15am - 11:15am - Department of Public Works
            11:30am – 12:30pm – Department of Recreation and Parks
            1:00pm – 2:00pm – Baltimore Development Corporation
            2:15pm – 3:15pm – Department of Housing and Community Development
            3:30pm – 4:30pm – Baltimore City Information Technology
            January 16, 2020
            1:00pm – 2:00pm -  Department of Transportation
            2:15pm – 3:15pm – Department of General Services

More Information
We welcome the opportunity to come speak to your organization or community group about the capital budget.  Please get in touch with [email protected] to schedule a time for a presentation and discussion on the CIP.

You can also review all of our reports and other resources from previous years’ Capital Improvement Programs on the Reports and Resources tab.