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Maryland Leads the Way in Smart Growth and
          Neighborhood Conservation

            Maryland Governor Parris N. Glendening's Smart Growth
          and Neighborhood Conservation initiative represents the
          nation's first incentive-based statewide effort to reverse the
          costly, inefficient, and often unsightly patterns of
          development known as "sprawl." The initiative's goals are to:

               Strengthen and revitalize older towns and cities;
               Permanently preserve the State's most beautiful natural landscapes and most valuable
               environmental resources; and
               Save taxpayers the high cost of building new infrastructure required to support sprawl
               development.

          The fundamental goal is to assure that Maryland's unique
          quality of life is preserved for generations to come.

          The initiative employs the state's $17 billion annual budget as
          an incentive to encourage developers and local governments
          to direct growth to areas where the infrastructure already
          exists or is planned to support it-and as a disincentive to
          build elsewhere. The goal is to change the bottom line so
          citizens will willingly engage in more sensible, less expensive,
          and more environmentally sensitive growth patterns.

To be eligible for future state financial support, locally designated growth areas must for the first time meet minimum state criteria for average residential density and the provision of public water and sewer. No one is prohibited from developing outside of designated growth areas, but if they do they will no longer receive state assistance.

          As a balance to the emphasis on urban revitalization, the initiative features Maryland's most ambitious land conservation effort ever: The new "Rural Legacy Program" is strategically targeting for permanent preservation greenbelts around existing communities and other large, contiguous tracts of land that are under intense development pressure or that represent especially valuable natural resources. In the first year of the program, more than 16,000 acres will be protected, including some of the state's richest farmland, buffers along rivers and streams, Civil War battlefields, and Maryland's shoreline, including the Atlantic Coastal Bays and Chesapeake Bay.

 A variety of additional statutory, administrative and budgetary programs
 support the concept of directing new growth to existing or planned
 communities, including measures to:

  Sharply increase state spending on school renovation and
 expansion in older communities;
  Encourage cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated
   "brownfields" industrial sites;
   Spur job development by offering tax credits for job creation within
   targeted growth areas;
    Stabilize struggling communities by offering business loans,
   closing cost assistance, and low interest mortgage loans for home
    buyers in selected neighborhoods; and
  Fight crime by targeting "hot spots" where crime is the worst.

 Smart Growth is built on the premise that we cannot discourage development of natural areas without simultaneously encouraging growth in existing communities.

          Through the coordinated efforts of 10 Cabinet-level departments,
          Maryland's Smart Growth initiative addresses the interrelated problems
          created by sprawl:

               Economic and social problems caused by the abandonment of older towns and cities;
               Accelerating loss of farms, forests and other pristine areas to new development; and
               High cost to taxpayers to build schools, roads and other infrastructure to support such
               far-flung development.

          If current growth patterns are not changed, Maryland will consume as much land in the next 25 years as it has during the entire history of the state.
All residents of Maryland--urban, suburban and rural--will benefit from the Smart Growth initiative.  More importantly, future generations of Marylanders will benefit from a legacy of more sensible development patterns, stronger communities, and hundreds of thousands of acres of permanent preserved natural areas.

 Although there have been many successes already, Smart Growth differs from most governmental programs because of its long term vision; the program's most significant achievements may not be known or seen for years or even decades to come. For more information on Maryland's smart growth intiative contact Mr. John Frece at (410) 260-8112 or jfrece@dnr.state.md.us

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http://www.eeeee.net/ee01026.htm

Maryland Leads the Way in Smart Growth and
          Neighborhood Conservation

            Maryland Governor Parris N. Glendening's Smart Growth
          and Neighborhood Conservation initiative represents the
          nation's first incentive-based statewide effort to reverse the
          costly, inefficient, and often unsightly patterns of
          development known as "sprawl." The initiative's goals are to:

               Strengthen and revitalize older towns and cities;
               Permanently preserve the State's most beautiful natural landscapes and most valuable
               environmental resources; and
               Save taxpayers the high cost of building new infrastructure required to support sprawl
               development.

          The fundamental goal is to assure that Maryland's unique
          quality of life is preserved for generations to come.

          The initiative employs the state's $17 billion annual budget as
          an incentive to encourage developers and local governments
          to direct growth to areas where the infrastructure already
          exists or is planned to support it-and as a disincentive to
          build elsewhere. The goal is to change the bottom line so
          citizens will willingly engage in more sensible, less expensive,
          and more environmentally sensitive growth patterns.

To be eligible for future state financial support, locally designated growth areas must for the first time meet minimum state criteria for average residential density and the provision of public water and sewer. No one is prohibited from developing outside of designated growth areas, but if they do they will no longer receive state assistance.

          As a balance to the emphasis on urban revitalization, the initiative features Maryland's most ambitious land conservation effort ever: The new "Rural Legacy Program" is strategically targeting for permanent preservation greenbelts around existing communities and other large, contiguous tracts of land that are under intense development pressure or that represent especially valuable natural resources. In the first year of the program, more than 16,000 acres will be protected, including some of the state's richest farmland, buffers along rivers and streams, Civil War battlefields, and Maryland's shoreline, including the Atlantic Coastal Bays and Chesapeake Bay.

 A variety of additional statutory, administrative and budgetary programs
 support the concept of directing new growth to existing or planned
 communities, including measures to:

  Sharply increase state spending on school renovation and
 expansion in older communities;
  Encourage cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated
   "brownfields" industrial sites;
   Spur job development by offering tax credits for job creation within
   targeted growth areas;
    Stabilize struggling communities by offering business loans,
   closing cost assistance, and low interest mortgage loans for home
    buyers in selected neighborhoods; and
  Fight crime by targeting "hot spots" where crime is the worst.

 Smart Growth is built on the premise that we cannot discourage development of natural areas without simultaneously encouraging growth in existing communities.

          Through the coordinated efforts of 10 Cabinet-level departments,
          Maryland's Smart Growth initiative addresses the interrelated problems
          created by sprawl:

               Economic and social problems caused by the abandonment of older towns and cities;
               Accelerating loss of farms, forests and other pristine areas to new development; and
               High cost to taxpayers to build schools, roads and other infrastructure to support such
               far-flung development.

          If current growth patterns are not changed, Maryland will consume as much land in the next 25 years as it has during the entire history of the state.
All residents of Maryland--urban, suburban and rural--will benefit from the Smart Growth initiative.  More importantly, future generations of Marylanders will benefit from a legacy of more sensible development patterns, stronger communities, and hundreds of thousands of acres of permanent preserved natural areas.

 Although there have been many successes already, Smart Growth differs from most governmental programs because of its long term vision; the program's most significant achievements may not be known or seen for years or even decades to come. For more information on Maryland's smart growth intiative contact Mr. John Frece at (410) 260-8112 or jfrece@dnr.state.md.us

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