Smart growth concentrates new development and redevelopment in areas that have existing or planned infrastructure to avoid sprawl. Smart growth is sustainable and is characterized by compact, transit-oriented, bicycle-friendly land use, with neighborhood schools, walkable streets, mixed-use development and a range of housing choices. It conserves valuable natural resources through the efficient use of land, water and air; creates a sense of community and place; expands transportation, employment, and housing choices; distributes the costs and benefits of development in an equitable manner; and promotes good health.
Statewide Plan Seeks to Improve Historic Preservation
While most Marylanders would agree that the state is rich in cultural heritage and historic places, the people responsible for preservation efforts statewide find there is much work to do in accessing state support, cataloguing their work and getting the word out. Read more…
Governor O’Malley Announces Innovative Plan to Fund Purple Line Light Rail
A single partner will design, construct and operate the proposed Purple Line through Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, as well as provide up to $900 million in private financing, according to a new plan to create the line through a public-private partnership. The approach for the project differs from the typical scenario of the state bidding for the design and construction of the transit line, then operating the system. Read more…
Union Mill Redevelopment Transforms Historic Building, Baltimore Neighborhood
Union Mill, Maryland’s oldest stone mill, received state Sustainable Communities Tax Credits to rehab and redevelop into apartments and office space near transit in Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood. This 86,000-square-foot redevelopment includes apartments targeted to teachers, including Teach for America participants, office space designed for non-profit organizations and a lush half-acre central courtyard. Last year, it won an award from the Sustainable Growth Commission. Learn more about the award and the project in this video.