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.
State Growth Commission Spearheads Infill, Redevelopment & Revitalization Initiative
The Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission is reviewing state and federal programs and analyzing local efforts for accelerating infill, redevelopment & revitalization in response to a request from the Governor and Lt. Governor. This work has resulted in draft recommendations published for public review.The growth commission wants to hear from you about these recommendations. Let us know what you think by August 20. Read more…
Planning Tools for Transit-Oriented Development
Maryland has encouraged development near transit stations since the Washington Metro system was built in the 1970s. Well-done transit-oriented development (TOD) requires more than just building near transit. Successful TOD creates walkable, dense, mixed-use neighborhoods and supports that development with an efficient transportation system.
The Maryland Department of Planning has created a comprehensive online planning and implementation resource to support state and local TOD efforts. The online resource provides a tool for planners, developers and elected officials interested in advancing more TOD in their jurisdictions. It features a TOD profile tool with station area demographics, employment data, transit use, and land use and development projects, as well as TOD policies, programs and implementation efforts. The resource also contains summaries of best practices to support creative development projects. Read more…
Spotlight Community: Remington Neighborhood Revitalization
Baltimore’s Remington neighborhood is undergoing rapid change. The quiet, mostly residential neighborhood in the city’s north central area has seen an influx of new uses – and new residents – in the last decade. The neighborhood’s changes are in no small part thanks to the conversion of an old tin manufacturing warehouse into Miller’s Court, home to residences for city teachers and offices for nonprofit organizations. The historic warehouse was restored using, among other funds, a state Sustainable Communities Tax Credit. Learn more about the Remington story in this video and the Spotlight Communities page.