Appointed by Governor to 5-year terms: Gregory A. Bowen. Term expires 2015.
Thomas M. Ballentine, Jr.; Richard R. Brush; David J. Caporale; Michael W. Davis; Jeffrey J. Felker; Howard S. Freedlander; Frank F. Hertsch; James P. Kruger III; Lee S. Sobel; Eric E. Soter; Eric C. Sprague; Bryce A. Turner; Leonidas A. (Leo) Vondas; Jessica D. Zuniga. Terms expire 2020.
301 West Preston St., Baltimore, Maryland, November 2003. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
Appointed by House Speaker: Stephen W. Lafferty; Mary Ann Lisanti.
Designated by Maryland Association of Counties: Deborah A. Carpenter; Leslie (Les) Knapp, Jr.
Designated by Maryland Municipal League: Kevin L. Small; Bruce R. Williams.
Ex officio: Joseph Bartenfelder, Secretary of Agriculture; Steven Pennington, designee of Secretary of Commerce; Devon L. Dodson, designee of Secretary of the Environment; Kenneth C. Holt, Secretary of Housing & Community Development; Sandra S. Olek, designee of Secretary of Natural Resources; David R. Craig, Secretary of Planning; Heather R. Murphy, designee of Secretary of Transportation; David G. Lever, D.A., designee of State Superintendent of Schools; Charlotte L. Davis, Executive Director, Rural Maryland Council; Gerrit J. Knaap, Ph.D., Executive Director, National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, University of Maryland.
Staff: Charles W. (Chuck) Boyd
c/o Department of Planning
301 West Preston St., Baltimore, MD 21201 - 2365
The Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission was authorized on July 1, 2010 (Chapters 488 & 489, Acts of 2010). The Commission is charged with assessing what progress State, regional, and local planning agencies are making towards achieving the goals of the State Economic Growth, Resource Protection, and Planning Policy (Code State Finance & Procurement Article, sec. 5-7A-01). Consistent with that Policy, the Commission is to make recommendations on the adequacy, coordination, and implementation of funding mechanisms and State assistance for planning, infrastructure, and land preservation. To facilitate voluntary joint planning among State and local jurisdictions, the Commission will make recommendations that promote coordination and cooperation. Further, the Commission will advise on the content, preparation, and implementation of the State Development Plan, the State Transportation Plan, and the State Housing Plan, and also consider how they relate to local land use plans.
To achieve the goals of the State Economic Growth, Resource Protection, and Planning Policy, the Commission will recommend and promote model State and local development regulations. State and local smart growth indicators will be evaluated for continuing viability, effectiveness, and possible changes. Local adequate public facilities ordinances also will be reviewed by the Commission to assess their impact on achieving goals of the Policy.
Authorization for the Commission ends December 31, 2020 (Code State Finance & Procurement Article, sec. 5-707).
Appointed by Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission:
Stephen W. Lafferty, Co-Chair
Clarence J. Snuggs
c/o Division of Neighborhood Revitalization
Department of Housing & Community Development
7800 Harkins Road, Lanham, MD 20706
At the request of the House Speaker, the Chair of the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission convened the Neighborhood Stabilization and Homeownership Work Group in July 2014.
The Work Group studied what impact the financial crisis has had on historically owner-occupied neighborhoods. Then, it identified resources and strategies, and made recommendations to preserve the stability of those neighborhoods and promote homeownership there. In addition, the Work Group considered how changes in banking and real estate have affected neighborhoods, homeownership, and the local tax base, and how to mitigate any adverse impact.
In January 2015, the Work Group submitted its recommendations to the General Assembly.
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