The Zoning Code provides for the creation of Planned Districts to encourage the unified development of land under a single plan. These districts are intended to provide the developer greater flexibility that that allowed by the Zoning Code, while allowing the City to retain control over the design and development within the district. Examples of Planned Districts within the city are Riverport Business Park, West Port Plaza, Dorsett Square and Dorsett Village Shopping Centers, Hollywood Casino, Maryland Oaks, and Stonebridge.
There are three steps or approvals required to create a Planned District. First, a Conceptual Development Plan must be approved by the Planning Commission and accepted by the City Council. This plan provides the basis of the next step, approval of the Preliminary Development Plan by both the Planning Commissions and City Council. The approval vests the development rights by the creation of a Planned District ordinance that is adopted by the City Council. The last step is the approval of the Final Development Plan which must illustrates compliance with the conditions established by the project's Planned District ordinance.