Smart, Green & Growing: MDP Releases New Publication


The Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) has compiled a handy and informative guide to land-use planning in Maryland, including background on the state’s enabling legislation and significant laws, such as the Sustainable Communities Tax Credit, the Septics Law and the new Sustainable Communities Financing Law.

From Secretary of Planning, Richard Hall:

“This publication is in response to the many requests from state and local government officials, smart growth advocates and interested citizens for me and my staff to produce a concise reference to planning and smart growth in Maryland. This Smart, Green and Growing Planning Guide provides a brief introduction to planning in Maryland, emphasizing key planning laws and tools that guide sustainable growth.”

Click HERE to open the guide, which is entitled “The New Smart, Green & Growing Planning Guide for 2013

It is not immediately obvious, but you can download the guide as a pdf file from the full screen interface.

Here is the Table of Contents:

Why Plan?
Authority for Planning
Key Maryland Laws Governing Smart Growth
Smart, Green & Growing Planning Legislation of 2009
The Sustainable Communities Act of 2010
The Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission
The Sustainable Growth & Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012
Sustainable Communities Tax Increment Financing
(TIF) law
Plan Maryland: The state’s first sustainable growth plan
Selected Planning Tools Used in Maryland
Commonly Used Planning Terms
Maryland Department of Planning Publications

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