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301 West Preston St., Baltimore, Maryland, December 2000. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

Jon M. Laria, Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor)

Appointed by Governor: Derick P. Berlage, Esq.; Teena M. Green; Frank F. Hertsch; Drusilla Schmidt-Perkins; one vacancy.

Appointed by Senate President: Richard F. Colburn; Joan Carter Conway.

Appointed by House Speaker: Rudolph C. Cane; Virginia P. Clagett.

Representatives of Maryland Association of Counties: Ernest D. (Sandy) Coyman; Jan H. Gardner.

Representatives of Maryland Municipal League: Karl D. Brendle; David E. Carey.

Ex officio: Asuntha M. Chiang-Smith, designee of Chair, Base Realignment & Closure Subcabinet; Brigid E. Kenney, designee of Secretary of the Environment; Carol Ann Gilbert, designee of Secretary of Housing & Community Development; Richard E. Hall, Secretary of Planning; Donald A. Halligan, designee of Secretary of Transportation; John A. Dillman III, designee of Executive Director, Rural Maryland Council; Gerrit J. Knaap, Director, National Center for Smart Growth Research & Education, University of Maryland.

Staff: Jenny B. King

In October 2006, the Task Force on the Future for Growth and Development in Maryland formed (Chapter 381, Acts of 2006), and was reauthorized in July 2007 (Chapter 626, Acts of 2007). The Task Force studied current land use policies and their impact on growth in the State; evaluated trends and challenges (including population and demographic changes) for counties and municipalities as they related to growth; and identified regional growth and development issues. It also analyzed county and municipal capabilities to plan for future growth and development; and the effect on infrastructure, water resources, and sensitive areas of county and municipal growth. Further, the Task Force worked to develop a methodology to regionally assess the cumulative impact of proposed development on such infrastructure as water and sewer systems, roads, utilities, transportation networks, fire and safety resources, health systems, schools, and the environment.

The parameters for State plans for development, transportation, and housing were established by the Task Force, as well as how those plans will interact with local land use plans. In addition, the Task Force identified what infrastructure is needed for Smart Growth development in line with population growth, and how to fund and maintain such infrastructure.

In December 2008, the Task Force submitted its findings to the Governor and General Assembly. Thereafter, the Task Force advised and provided guidance to the Governor's Smart Growth Subcabinet.

Authorization for the Task Force was repealed as of July 1, 2010 (Chapters 488 & 489, Acts of 2010).

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