On September 24th the Maryland Department of Planning (MDOP) sent Governor O’Mailey a progress report on PlanMaryland. The report analyzes the nine months worth of work after the State accepted the plan to create a sustainable future for the state.
PlanMaryland has been enacted in order to implement numerous strategies that will make Maryland a more sustainable place by the time it adds another million in population by the year 2035. The main purpose of the plan is to ensure the safety and well being of the state’s economy and environment, specifically about 300,000 acres of forest and farmland, while still allowing room for considerable growth in the next 25 years.
Fifteen government agencies are a part of the plan and are contributing concrete strategies. Among the fifteen are the Maryland Department of Agriculture, Maryland Department of Budget and Management, Maryland Department of the Environment, Maryland Department of General Service, and Maryland Higher Education Commission.
In total, the affected agencies have accumulated more than 90 strategies to help sustain the growth of the state in the upcoming years. “”Collaboration at the state and local level has been a cornerstone of PlanMaryland’s implementation,” said Richard Eberhart Hall, secretary of the Maryland Department of Planning.
The first goal of the plan is to establish development and redevelopment in communities that have an existing infrastructure which is at the heart of about half of the 93 strategies already put forward. Read the full progress report here.