Environment & Land Use

This page contains information on the topics of environment and land use that relate to Maryland’s counties. It provides access to State government documents, relevant task force materials, surveys, and environment, land use and planning news from MACo’s blog, Conduit Street.

Conduit Street Blog

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Read past blog series on environmental issues:

Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load

Accounting for Growth Work Group (2013)
Total Maximum Daily Load Resources
Maryland's Phase II Watershed Implementation Plan for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

WIP Phase II County Plans

Climate Change

An overview of the State of Maryland’s programs to reduce the impacts of Climate Change in Maryland.

Maryland’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan Website

Smart Growth and Sustainability

Maryland’s Sustainable Growth Commission

Maryland Department of Planning Resources and Policy

A list of county planning staff assignments and links to documents providing county planning authority in Maryland.

Local Government Planning Resources from the Maryland Department of Planning

Maryland Department of Planning

MDP's plans to identify their growth and preservation areas to meet land use, planning and development goals. Local Comprehensive Plans

Priority Funding Areas

Department of Legislative Services – Legislative Handbooks

This handbook, prepared by the Department of Legislative Services, has information on county development impact fees and building permits, in addition to other information.

Maryland Legislative Handbook – Maryland Local Government

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