December 12, 2014
Historic Preservation, Smart Growth
2015 Sustainable Communities Tax Credit Awards, Carrollton Hall, ellicott city maryland, historic preservation, sustainable communities, tax credits
The 2015 Sustainable Communities Tax Credit Awards
Taylor’s Furniture Store
Designed to make reinvestment easier and bring new life to threatened historic structures, the Sustainable Communities Tax Credit has played a pivotal role in incentivizing private investment in the restoration of Maryland’s historic resources. By rehabilitating historic properties, the program spurs job growth, improves property values and encourages reinvestment of properties, commercial districts and neighborhoods into places where people want to live and entrepreneurs want to do business. More
December 5, 2014
electricity resiliency, energy grid, energy resiliency, micro grids, planning, Urban and Regional Planning
From a community infrastructure perspective, everything changed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Ensuring energy resiliency to power individual buildings as well as entire communities emerged as a pressing local issue.
Community leaders who analyze infrastructure in the wake of major climate events often identify energy availability and the need for resiliency in energy infrastructure as critical in planning for future weather events. Sustainable energy planning is becoming a topic of concern to communities, particularly those areas that have faced severe weather events and loss of power lasting a week or more. Since frequency and severity of storms are projected to increase, an increasing number of local governments are focusing on long-term energy planning to improve energy performance. More
November 25, 2014
mapping, maryland department of planning, MD Property View, open data initiative
In August, the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) announced the release of its Property Map Product datasets for open distribution via its Open Data GIS Downloads website.
The Open Data Initiative, part of a statewide effort to increase the availability and distribution of datasets to Marylanders, is intended to provide consistent and up-to-date data and streamline the process for users to access data. In the few months since the release, our analysis – done via preliminary statistics in Google Analytics – shows there has been a significant increase in the number of users obtaining MDP’s Property Map products.
November 12, 2014
Population, Redevelopment and Revitalization, Smart Growth
baltimore, downtown revitalization, infill development, Maryland
published in the November 12, 2014 Baltimore Sun
Recent reports have highlighted the movement of young, college-educated people to the nation’s cities. Baltimore is among the beneficiaries of this shift. Between the turn of the century and last year, the city ranked third fastest of the nation’s cities of 600,000 in population or more in attracting educated 25- to 34-year-olds — a growth rate of 75 percent.
In fact, Baltimore’s rate of growth in young professionals was higher than in places such as Portland, Austin, Boston and San Francisco, which have long attracted millennials.
October 24, 2014
Smart Growth, Transportation
#PLCC, Economic development, Montgomery County, public transit, purple line, purple line community compact, purple line corridor coalition, red line, transit, Urban and Regional Planning
By MDP Staff: Valerie Berton, Director of Communications; Kristen Mitchell, Director of Smart Growth; and Cristina Davia, Communications Intern
National Center for Smart Growth
State and county officials and local advocacy groups are leading an effort to create a livability strategy to ensure that people living and working in the communities along the proposed Purple Line benefit from the new light rail transit system.
But how will that work, exactly?
The stakeholder groups, led by the Purple Line Corridor Coalition (PLCC), will develop a community compact that will lay out strategies for revitalizing and stabilizing mixed-income neighborhoods, preserving community assets, supporting small businesses and connecting workers to jobs, all intended to create healthy and vibrant communities. Similar to Baltimore’s Red Line Community Compact and Minneapolis’ Central Corridor Funders Collaborative in planning their Green Line, the compact will address things like maintaining affordable housing for residents, maximizing labor market potential and creating transit-oriented places. More