MARYLAND SUSTAINABLE GROWTH COMMISSION


[photo, 301 West Preston St., Baltimore, Maryland] Susan G. Summers, Chair (chosen by Governor), 2020
Mary Ann Lisanti, Vice-Chair (chosen by Governor)

Appointed by Governor to 5-year terms: Gregory A. Bowen. Term expires 2015.

Thomas M. Ballentine, Jr.; Richard R. Brush; Michael R. Davis, Esq.; Jeffrey J. Felker; Miriam Fuchs, Esq.; Frank F. Hertsch; Eric E. Soter; Bryce A. Turner; Leonidas A. (Leo) Vondas; Jessica D. Zuniga; four vacancies. Terms expire 2020.

301 West Preston St., Baltimore, Maryland, October 2019. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


Appointed by Senate President: J. B. Jennings; one vacancy.

Appointed by House Speaker: Mary Ann Lisanti; Melissa R. Wells.

Designated by Maryland Association of Counties: Deborah A. Carpenter; Allison Vaillant.

Designated by Maryland Municipal League: Michael C. O'Connor; Kevin L. Small.

Ex officio: Joseph Bartenfelder, Secretary of Agriculture; vacancy, designee of Secretary of Commerce; Devon L. Dodson, designee of Secretary of the Environment; Kenneth C. Holt, Secretary of Housing & Community Development; Sandra S. Olek, designee of Secretary of Natural Resources; Robert S. McCord, Esq., Secretary of Planning; R. Earl Lewis, Jr., designee of Secretary of Transportation; Robert A. Gorrell, designee of State Superintendent of Schools; Charlotte L. Davis, Executive Director, Rural Maryland Council; Gerrit J. Knaap, Ph.D., Executive Director, National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, University of Maryland.

Staff: Charles W. (Chuck) Boyd

c/o Planning Services Division, Department of Planning
301 West Preston St., Baltimore, MD 21201 - 2365
(410) 767-1401
e-mail: chuck.boyd@maryland.gov
web: https://planning.maryland.gov/Pages/YourPart/773/sustainablegrowthcomm.aspx


Annual Report to Governor, Senate President, House Speaker, Senate Education, Health & Environmental Affairs Committee & House Environmental Matters Committee due Dec. 1 (Chapter 489, Acts of 2010).

The Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission was authorized by the General Assembly on July 1, 2010 (Chapter 489, Acts of 2010).

The Commission was charged with assessing what progress State, regional and local planning agencies are making towards achieving the goals of the State Economic Growth, Resource Protection, and Planning Policy (Code State Finance & Procurement Article, sec. 5-7A-01). Consistent with that Policy, the Commission made recommendations on the adequacy, coordination, and implementation of funding mechanisms and State assistance for planning, infrastructure, and land preservation. To facilitate voluntary joint planning among State and local jurisdictions, the Commission made recommendations that promote coordination and cooperation. Further, the Commission advised on the content, preparation, and implementation of the State Development Plan, the State Transportation Plan, and the State Housing Plan, and also considered how they relate to local land use plans.

To achieve the goals of the State Economic Growth, Resource Protection, and Planning Policy, the Commission recommended and promoted model State and local development regulations. State and local smart growth indicators were evaluated for continuing viability, effectiveness, and possible changes. Local adequate public facilities ordinances also were reviewed by the Commission to assess their impact on achieving goals of the Policy.

Authorization for the Commission ended December 31, 2020 (Code State Finance & Procurement Article, sec. 5-707).

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