August 2019


Hogan Administration Announces New State Development Plan,
A Better Maryland More than 85 Meetings and Listening Sessions

Held Since Fall 2017 to Engage
Local Officials, Citizens and Planners

REVISED (August 7, 2019) ANNAPOLIS, MD - The Hogan administration today announced the filing of a new state development plan, A Better Maryland.  In 2017, Governor Larry Hogan signed Executive Order 01.01.2017.18, directing the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) to coordinate with local governments and other stakeholders to prepare a revised State Development Plan. 

 "This new state development plan was developed to coordinate the planning needs of state agencies and local governments while encouraging Maryland to grow responsibly," said Governor Hogan.  "This inclusive bottom-up approach listens to the needs of our communities and puts planning authority in the hands of local government, where it belongs, while balancing economic development and environmental preservation."

The Executive Order established objectives for growing responsibly and protecting Maryland's resources to support existing communities, create quality places, coordinate state investment, and preserve natural, cultural, historical, and heritage resources.

A Better Maryland, which includes a digital resource center, can be found at  The website contains data, tools, and information sources intended to be a virtual library of state and local plans and related resources used to plan responsible growth and resource protection.

In addition to working closely with the public, local government, state agencies and other stakeholders, Planning closely coordinated with the Smart Growth Subcabinet, Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, the Maryland Municipal League, and the Maryland Association of Counties during the development of A Better Maryland. Planning also coordinated with the Maryland Planning Commissioners Association and local Planning directors and staff throughout the process. 

"It was only through local feedback and interaction that we collectively created this dynamic new state development plan," said Planning Secretary Rob McCord. "This approach to planning where we work closely with all of our state and local partners, ensures continued economic growth and helps meet local planning needs."

More than 85 meetings and listening sessions were held between fall 2017 and early 2019 to gather feedback in every Maryland county and Baltimore City.  Several hundred comments were received and documented over the initial 18 months, which included two separate rounds of meetings and online surveys.  This critical feedback formed the framework for the final plan.

"This new plan addresses the needs of each region of our state and is focused on increasing coordination between state agencies and local governments," said Special Secretary of Smart Growth Wendi Peters.  "The plan supports responsible growth and infrastructure planning, revitalization of existing communities, and preservation of our natural and cultural resources."

The A Better Maryland Vision Statement, which was developed based on the results of the first round of listening sessions and Governor Hogan's Executive Order is: A Better Maryland is a dynamic, evolving plan that provides a framework to support a thriving economy and environmental stewardship. The plan supports collaboration among state and local governments and all other stakeholders, providing resources and tools for the long term economic success of Maryland.


U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, both D-Md., have announced $90,000 in federal funding for the Bay Bridge Airport through the U.S. Department of Transportation. These funds will be used to study the environmental impacts of planned future improvements to the airport, according to Queen Anne's County Administrator Todd Mohn.

"Small airports are key to the function and growth of local businesses. The Bay Bridge Airport serves as a hub of commerce all across the region. Funding for this study is critical to the future of the Bay Bridge Airport as it works to ensure economic growth, safety, and a healthy environment," said Cardin, the senior Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee's Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee.

"The Bay Bridge Airport is an important asset to the surrounding communities and local businesses," said Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committees. "I was glad to visit the airport last year and see its operations first-hand. I will continue working in the Senate to provide these crucial investments in our state's transportation systems."

This DOT grant was awarded through the FY18 Airport Improvement Supplemental Appropriation Program. The program funds various types of airport infrastructure projects across the country, including repairs and upgrades to runways, taxiways, airport signage, lighting and markings - all while creating thousands of well-paying, local jobs. Cardin and Van Hollen have continually fought for funding for the AIP program, which was included in the five-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration. Over the last five years, this program has brought more than $140 million in federal investments to Maryland airports for critical safety improvements.


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