Title

MARYLAND'S SMART GROWTH AND NEIGHBORHOOD CONSERVATION INITIATIVE

Authors

Don Halligan

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2000

Subject Area

land use - planning, land use - smart growth, ridership - growth, place - urban

Keywords

Urban transportation policy, Urban transportation, Urban transit, Urban growth, Transportation planning, State departments of transportation, Neighborhoods, Maryland, Land use planning, Intracity transportation, Development, Conservation, Communities

Abstract

A revolution in policies and practices in the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) has occurred. MDOT's shift toward smart transportation represents an effort to provide Maryland citizens with more realistic, affordable, and accessible transportation choices: a broad and balanced effort to move people, not just cars. To do its part, MDOT is reinventing itself to become a major force in implementing smart growth by employing more land use planners, routinely engaging local communities and other stakeholders earlier in the project planning process, and bringing fiscal discipline to both the location and type of projects the state will support.