Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission

Charge to the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission Pursuant to §5-706 of the State Finance and Procurement Article

The Commission shall:
  1. Assess and advise on the progress of State, regional, and local planning in Maryland in achieving the goals of the State economic growth, resource protection, and planning policy, as defined in § 5 7a-01 of this title;
  2. Make recommendations on the adequacy, coordination, and implementation of funding mechanisms and other State assistance for planning activities and infrastructure and land preservation needs, consistent with the State economic growth, resource protection, and planning policy;
  3. Promote planning coordination and interjurisdictional cooperation among the State and local jurisdictions and recommend mechanisms to facilitate voluntary joint planning;
  4. Advise on the content and preparation of the State development plan, State transportation plan, and State housing plan and the implementation of these plans, including the relationship of these plans with local land use plans;
  5. Promote and make recommendations regarding efficient and predictable model State and local development regulations to achieve the goals of the State economic growth, resource protection, and planning policy;
  6. Evaluate the continuing viability and effectiveness of the State and local government smart growth indicators contained in Land Use Article, § 3.10 of the Code, and make recommendations for amendments or additions to the indicators;
  7. Review the reports of local jurisdictions on adequate public facilities development restrictions required by Land Use Article, § 10.01 of the Code, and assess whether and to what extent adequate public facilities ordinances affect the achievement of the goals of the State economic growth, resource protection, and planning policy;
  8. Develop and assist in the implementation of educational and outreach programs about smart growth;
  9. Review periodically the educational requirements for members of planning boards and Commissions and boards of appeals required by Land Use Article, §§ 3.02 and 4.07 of the Code, and evaluate compliance rates for the members;
  10. Make recommendations for changes in State law, regulations, policies, and procedures, if any, that the Commission believes are necessary to achieve the State's economic growth, resource protection, and planning policy; and
  11. Serve as an advisory board to the Governor's Smart Growth Subcabinet, providing advice and guidance.
On or before December 1 of each year, the Commission shall report, in accordance with § 2-1246 of the State Government Article, on its activities and recommendations to the Speaker of the House; the President of the Senate; the House Environmental Matters Committee; the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee; and the Governor.