Smart Growth Successes


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Smart Growth Successes

  1. 1. Smart Growth Successes Promoting Smart Growth Greater Accountability n PlanMaryland n Better Planning n Verifying Smart “So promising is The Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) has initiated MDP has worked with other state agencies and local Growth a comprehensive strategy to strengthen the efficiency and State, county and municipal Maryland’s system coordination of state and local efforts to achieve Smart Growth. Its goal is to help Maryland better accommodate projected governments toward smarter annexations, more strategic levels of government now are required to measure progress agricultural land preservation on density, land preservation, Martin O’Malley, Governor - infiltrating Smart growth of 1 million more people by 2030 while preserving 400,000 acres at current trends. and for a stronger connection between comprehensive plans construction and other growth factors. Anthony G. Brown, Lt. Governor and water resources. Growth throughout every n More effective comprehensive planning n “GreenPrint” and The Smart and Sustainable Growth Act of 2009 protects the n Agricultural department and virtually integrity of and the public investment in local comprehensive Certification “AgPrint” These interactive mapping Richard Eberhart Hall, AICP, Secretary plans. Maryland is the only state in tools allow the public to viewevery action of state government - n GrowthPrint the nation to link farmland preservation funding the most ecologically and agriculturally valuable lands Matthew J. Power, Deputy Secretary 410.767.4500 Toll Free: 1.877.767.6272 TTY users: Maryland Relaythat federal Smart Growth is following with planning and zoning targeted for preservation. A new online mapping tool is being developed to pinpoint requirements. The departments of Natural areas best-suited for stimulating development and Resources, Agriculture andthe same model.” revitalization. Planning provide the analysis Assist our State Growth Plan process at: “Maryland’s Second Generation of Smart Growth,” from Planningmagazine, American Planning Association, March 2010 Follow us on:
  2. 2. n ew Sustainable N n ree Training for F n Half-Century of Accomplishment in Planning More Education and Communication Half-Century of Accomplishment Strengthening Communities n Job Growth Growth Commission The new group, appointed by the Volunteer Boards Free, professional training is Maryland reshaped its historic preservation tax credit program to help spur job creation and green commercial building 1933: Maryland creates one of the first state Smart Growth planning commissions in the nation. Governor, gives Marylanders a now required for local planning rehabilitation. The program in its first year is estimated to create 1959: State Planning Department is created to stronger voice in planning for a commissions and boards and for 700 jobs, primarily in construction. protect water resources and Assateague Island. Successes more sustainable future. boards of zoning appeals. MDP 1960s: Maryland Historical Trust becomes first developed the course and makes n Making BRAC Growth Smart Growth state agency of its kind. State is among first in U.S. ton lanning Directors’ P it available both online and in Led by the Lieutenant Governor, the Base Realignment and restrict building permits to areas with adequate water. Roundtable person. Closure Act (BRAC) Subcabinet has worked to create incentives 1974: Secretary of Planning is authorized to designate “Areas of Critical MDP established quarterly for growth and redevelopment around the base communities. State Concern” to protect unique natural resources. meetings of local, county and state 1990s: Maryland gains national reputation for Smart Growth by planning directors to enhance n Making School Construction Greener channeling state investment to designated growth areas. communication and share “best In addition to significantly increasing State funds to 2000s: “Next generation” of Smart Growth legislation sharpens practices.” accountability, analysis and coordination between state and local local governments for school construction, the O’Malley land-use planning. PlanMaryland, the first comprehensive administration has focused on schools being green and well- plan for state growth, is in development. located in communities. A “Fix It First” approach to school construction, promoted by the departments of Education, Planning and General Services, recognizes that improving schools in existing communities is preferable to expanding outward. Maryland Department of Planning