TOD Policies and Programs

Maryland TOD Policies

TOD has been an important part of the Maryland’s overall smart growth strategy for more than a decade, and state policies and programs reflect that. The Maryland Department of Transportation supports TOD through planning, a TOD Designation Program and a joint development program.

 1997 - Smart Growth and Neighborhood Conservation Act

 2000 - Governor Parris Glendening signs Executive Order establishing Task Force for Transit-Oriented Development ​ to prepare recommendations for maximizing TOD benefits. View the task force report.

   2008 - Transit Oriented Development legislation​ (Defines TOD as a transportation purpose so state transportation funding supports TOD.)


    ​2009 - Tax Increment Financing (TIF) & Special Taxing District for Transit Oriented Development
(Authorizes jurisdictions to use TIF and special taxing districts to finance TOD infrastructure projects.)

 2009 - Locating State Facilities to Stimulate TOD. Executive Order requiring state agencies to promote TOD by locating new state facilities in TOD sites.

 2010 - Sustainable Communities Act. Establishes Sustainable Communities supported by a comprehensive package of state resources. State-designed TOD sites automatically become Sustainable Communities. Designated TODs receive bonus weighting under the state’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

State policies support TOD as a central element of Maryland’s smart growth strategy.


TOD Designation Program

• Maryland’s Transit-Oriented Development Designation Program

MDOT Joint Development

• The Maryland Department of Transportation's Joint Development Program



Models and Guidelines-30 TOD Logo