The 2013 Progress Report focuses on the efforts of state agencies and local governments to achieve PlanMaryland goals by identifying local Planning Areas and executing implementation strategies at the state and local levels.
While this progress report documents individual state agency efforts, perhaps the most notable PlanMaryland accomplishment has been improved coordination among state colleagues. The plan provides a framework for agencies to work better together and align their smart growth and sustainability goals.
Identification of Planning Areas is the critical first step to implementing PlanMaryland. Planning Areas are locations for coordinated planning, management and resource allocation. The purpose of these areas is to recognize where and how local and state government, as well as the private sector, will work together to achieve the goals and objectives of PlanMaryland and local comprehensive plans.
PlanMaryland establishes five Planning Area-Place categories that local governments may employ to meet these objectives. These are:
PlanMaryland also creates five Preservation/Conservation Planning Area categories that should be used to coordinate land and resource conservation efforts with the state. Local governments may choose to identify Planning Area-Places, as well as Preservation/Conservation Planning Areas for all, portions or none of the lands within the jurisdiction. The Preservation/Conservation Planning Areas are:
The Planning Area Guidelines have been developed through a collaborative process working with local governments and State agencies. The Smart Growth Subcabinet accepted the Planning Area Guidelines on April 18, 2012 (see link below).
The Planning Area application form and instructions for local governments to use in identifying Planning Areas is now available (see link below). After reviewing this application, local governments are encouraged to contact their MDP regional planner. They can provide assistance on the identification process.
The PlanMaryland Guidance Mapping Application has been developed by the Maryland Department of Planning to help local jurisdictions identify Planning Areas consistent with draft Planning Area Guidelines. The map also illustrates how Planning Areas will relate to existing geographic priorities (Areas Currently Targeted by Existing Programs discussed in the draft Guidelines).