Sprawling development has had a severe impact on the land, streams, waterways, aquatic habitats, living resources and both surface and groundwater supplies. In response, Maryland created a framework more than a decade ago to steer development toward Priority Funding Areas (PFA) to try to ensure that new construction occurred in areas where there was existing or planned services and infrastructure. The purpose of GrowthPrint is to initially highlight areas within Priority Funding Areas that are currently being targeted for infill, revitalization and redevelopment. Growthprint will change to include locally designated places that are identified for new development or for revitalization without existing state programs. GrowthPrint is designed to complement other existing mapping efforts, such as GreenPrint and AgPrint.
GrowthPrint was developed by using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to map existing programs in the State of Maryland that target resources within Priority Funding Areas. Maryland’s Sustainable Communities are the primary target areas. Sustainable Communities include locally designated revitalization areas, BRAC Zones and the 14 designated Transit Oriented Development (TOD) areas. Additional State programs that are included in GrowthPrint are Maryland’s Main Streets, Maple Streets, and Enterprise Zones. PlanMaryland Targeted Growth and Revitalization Areas and Established Communities that have been nominated by local governments and endorsed by the State are also included. GrowthPrint is further refined to only include areas that are within Priority Funding Areas (not including areas within the PFA that do not meet PFA criteria, known as “comment area”). While these geographies represent State programs, they are all designated by local governments. MDP will also solicit additional input on eligible GrowthPrint areas from local jurisdictions as part of the PlanMaryland process.
The GrowthPrint interactive website allows users to view the GIS layers that represent the cumulative State programs, as well as the individual layers that make up the individual programs mentioned above. Through a GIS overlay process, areas where programmatic geographies overlapped were identified and given the GrowthPrint designation. In the end, GrowthPrint gives a geographic representation of where the efforts are currently underway to target community infill, revitalization and redevelopment efforts, and where there are opportunities for future targeting.
The GrowthPrint interactive website allows users to view the resulting GIS analysis output layer representing the cumulative geographies of state programs. Additionally, the individual layers that make up the separate programs, such as areas that fall within the boundaries of geographies identified in the Sustainable Communities Act of 2010, Enterprise Zones, Transit Oriented Development, etc., are also available to view within the mapping application. As part of GrowthPrint, users have the ability to select multiple base layers (imagery, street maps, parcels) as reference layers and have tools to navigate to specific addresses or areas of interest.
By displaying Maryland's efforts to target infill, redevelopment and revitalization, GrowthPrint is informing citizens of how and where the state and local governments are revitalizing our existing communities. This provides real alternatives to sprawl development, encourages economic development, and protects our environment, thereby achieving sustainability for future generations of Marylanders. Through a combination of affordable housing, business assistance, downtown beautification, green building, and transit-oriented development initiatives, we can ensure that Maryland’s communities not only survive, but grow and thrive, ensuring a better future for our children and families.
The Maryland General Assembly passed and Governor O’Malley signed an important bill in the 2010 General Assembly session for the future of growth, development and sustainability in Maryland. MDP joins its community of partners, advocates and stakeholders in implementing the Sustainable Communities Act of 2010 (House Bill 475). The Sustainable Communities Act represents a renewed partnership of State and local leaders from the public and private sectors. The law continues the State’s progress toward renewing and sustaining investment in local established communities. This legislation is an important step toward coordinating resources in ways that acknowledge the interdependence of economic, environmental and social investments in Maryland’s communities.
It is important for Marylanders to be able to recognize different types of PFAs and growth areas. For instance, there are many places within PFAs where there is little to no additional growth potential. These areas are largely defined by stable residential communities that have adequate infrastructure. GrowthPrint is looking to identify areas where the State and local governments want to focus opportunities for new infill, redevelopment and revitalization efforts and resources.
GrowthPrint shows existing areas that have been identified by local governments and targeted for infill and revitalization development efforts through existing state programs.
Through PlanMaryland, local governments will be able to identify areas that are not currently beneficiaries of state programs, but may be areas where local governments want to focus their efforts toward new development, redevelopment and/or revitalization