Maryland's Second Generation of Smart Growth

In the 1990s, the state of Maryland launched an ambitious smart growth plan. One key to this plan was allocating resources to locally-defined priority funding areas. However, a study suggests that the priority funding areas plan has not had a positive effect on development patterns. This article discusses the future of smart growth in the state in light of the past disappointment. Politics and the downturn in the state's economic situation seem to have had a negative effect on the prioritization of smart growth strategies. However, a new governor has reinvigorated interest in smart growth. The latest incarnation of the smart growth initiative is underpinned by 12 smart growth visions and extends beyond target development, rural preservation and environmental sustainability The initiative also permeates through every state department and most actions of the state government. A 2009 law has also been passed to protect the principles of smart growth by reaffirming the comprehensive local plans direct development. The Maryland smart growth initiative shows such promise that the federal government is using it as a model for the national level.

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  • Authors:
    • Martin, Sandra Olivetti
  • Publication Date: 2010-3


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 20-24
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  • Accession Number: 01155750
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 30 2010 4:39PM