May 16, 2013
governor o'malley, Local government, Maryland, maryland general assembly, smart growth, sustainable communities, sustainable communities designation, Tax increment financing
2013 tax increment financing law enhances authority for local government funding for community revitalization and economic development
Press Release: Thursday, May 16, 2013; 10:30 a.m.
BALTIMORE, MD – Governor Martin O’Malley today signed into law a bill passed by the Maryland General Assembly that expands municipalities’ and counties’ authority to finance costs for infrastructure improvements located in or supporting a Sustainable Community through tax increment financing (TIF). More
February 27, 2013
Chesapeake Bay, Chesapeake Bay Trust, Environment, governor o'malley, Maryland, md septics law, Mid-Atlantic
All of us who live in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are linked to the Bay by many pathways. Whether we live right on the water or miles from the Chesapeake, our actions have a profound effect on the Bay. More
June 11, 2012
Chesapeake Bay, governor o'malley, Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, patuxent river, richard hall, Senator Bernie Fowler, Steny Hoyer
Bernie Fowler, the former Calvert County commissioner and Maryland state senator, told his father as a young man that he had no desire to go into politics or to sell whiskey for a living. He did the former, didn’t do the latter. He also didn’t say he ever wanted to go into public relations, but you had to marvel at his ability as a pitchman Sunday when he attracted 250 people in mid-90 degree weather to St. Leonard to pay tribute to a … river. More
April 27, 2012
Comprehensive Plans, Land Use, PlanMaryland, Planning, Smart Growth, State Growth Plan
GamePlanMaryland, governor o'malley
More than 1,300 folks have “played” GamePlanMaryland since we launched it last December. It’s a sim game to help communicate the trade-offs in more sustainable land-use. If you want generous parking areas, for example, you’re likely to face greater pollution from the runoff from all the impervious surface. And it’s hard to have both quieter neighborhoods and better transit access simultaneously, since public transit is prohibitively expensive when people are spread out. With the help of the design firm MetroQuest, we wanted to show the “guns versus butter” theory of environmental planning: To gain something, you probably have to give up something. We launched the app the week that Governor O’Malley accepted “PlanMaryland” as the first growth plan for the state of Maryland toward the end of last year. We have visited every county in the state since then to work with local governments on mapping for PlanMaryland. We are also working with other state agencies so they can align their approach toward smarter growth during the coming year.
January 20, 2012
Comprehensive Plans, Land Use, PlanMaryland, Planning, Smart Growth
Chesapeake Bay, governor o'malley, Maryland State Builders Association, NAIOP, National Center for Smart Growth, planmaryland, smart growth, Urban Land Institute, urban planning
The National Center for Smart Growth at the University of Maryland, College Park, issued a report this week that concluded the smart growth framework that Maryland put in place more than a decade ago has been insufficient and offered suggestions for improvement.
“Barriers to Development Inside Priority Funding Areas: Perspectives of Planners, Developers, and Advocates” was based on interviews with 47 Maryland planners, developers and land-use advocates. More