The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development's Sustainable Communities Program is a place-based designation offering a comprehensive package of resources that support holistic strategies for community development, revitalization and sustainability. Led by the Department, Sustainable Communities has provided local governments with a framework for promoting environmentally, economically and socially responsible growth and development in existing older communities.
List of Approved Sustainable Communities
The Sustainable Communities Act of 2010 established a shared geographic designation to promote efficient use of scarce State resources based on local sustainability and revitalization strategies. The Sustainable Communities program consolidated geographically targeted resources for historic preservation, housing and economic development under a single designation. The designation places special emphasis on infrastructure improvements, multimodal transportation and development that strengthens existing communities. The legislation designated the Governor’s Smart Growth Subcabinet as the body charged with final approval of Sustainable Communities designations.
The 2010 Sustainable Communities Act defines Sustainable Community Areas as places where public and private investments and partnerships achieve:
To better support comprehensive strategies for development and revitalization, various state agencies have contributed to the creation of a revitalization toolbox. The toolbox is a reflection of how various agencies are prioritizing investment in Maryland’s Sustainable Communities.
The Sustainable Community designation is a threshold requirement for application to certain state programs, such as, Community Legacy, and the Strategic Demolition Fund.
To participate, municipal and county governments must submit an application in which they:
Applications for Sustainable Communities designation will be reviewed by an interagency panel led by the Maryland Department of housing and Community Development and will then be presented to the Governor’s Smart Growth Subcabinet for approval. Once approved, newly designated Sustainable Communities will retain their designation for a period of five years.
Local Governments (municipal or county)
All Sustainable Communities Area applications must meet the following requirements:
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