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Growth Trends And Analysis

Tracking Residential Growth

The Maryland Department of Planning has data that illustrates important trends in growth patterns. How many houses are located inside of Priority Funding Areas - the places where growth is supposed to go - and how much land do they consume? Conversely, how many houses are located outside of Priority Funding Areas - places dedicated largely to agricultural preservation and resource conservation - and how much land do they consume? See the following links for the complete set of data, charts, and analysis.

Priority Funding Area

Since 1992 the State of Maryland has adopted a variety of Smart Growth laws and policies. Many of these laws and policies have been administered by the Maryland Department of Planning.

Land Use Mapping

The Maryland Department of Planning is a comprehensive resource for maps of current land use for every jurisdiction in Maryland. The maps were developed using a combination of aerial photography, satellite imagery, and parcel data from MdProperty View.

Generalized Zoning

In Maryland each local jurisdiction is responsible for its own zoning with the exception of municipalities. In larger, more developed jurisdictions there can be a hundred or more zoning categories. Because each county is uniquely different from the other, a system of zoning uniformity was necessary to grasp the big picture. In an effort to simplify this local zoning matter the Maryland Department of Planning has created Generalized Zoning Categories. These categories are based on the specific zoning criteria, intent of the zone, and allowable density range for each county. There are three main Generalized Zoning Categories: Resource Protection, Residential Zoning and Other. Then these three main categories are broken down even further into 12 Generalized Zoning Districts.

Online Services

Maryland Priority Funding Areas Online

Maryland Land Use / Land Cover Online

Reports & Documents

Generalized Zoning Map

Generalized Zoning Categories

Published PFA maps for Download

Tracking Residential Growth Reports and Charts

Resource Protection

Most Protected

The most restrictive rural zoning districts with an intent to protect natural resources

max density < .05 du/acre

Moderately protected

Moderately restrictive rural zoning districts that have an intent to protect natural resources

max dens. >.05 and < 0.1

Least Protected

Least restrictive rural zoning districts that have an intent to protect natural resources

max dens. > 0.1 and < 1.0

Residential Zoning

Very Low Density Residential

The lowest density zones with a residential intent

max density > 0.2 du/acre and <1.0 du/acre

Low Density Residential

Low density zoning with a residential intent

max density > 1and < 3.5 du/acre

Moderate Density Residential

Moderately density zoning with a residential intent

max density > 3.5 du/acre < 10du/acre

High Density Residential

Highest density residential zones

max density > 10du/acre

Other

 

 

Commercial

Zoning districts that allow various commercial land uses such as business, offices, and retail use

n/a

industrial

Zoning districts that allow various industrial land uses such as manufacturing, light industrial, and heavy industrial

n/a

Municipality

Any zoning district within a municipality

n/a

Other

Other specialized zones that do not fall into any of the above categories (i.e. military zones)

n/a

Mixed Use

Zoning districts that allow a mix of any of the above zoning categories

n/a