As previously reported on Conduit Street, Governor Martin O’Malley has accepted the final version of PlanMaryland via Executive Order. The final version of the Plan is 116 pages cover to cover. MACo has prepared a 3-page summary of the Plan that provides an overview of each section of the Plan, including language and quotes that MACo believes are especially relevant to county officials. Extra detail is provided for Chapter 4, which deals with the designation of new “planning areas” that will focus State funding and policies. MACo believes this is potentially the most significant section of the Plan for county governments and it is also the section that has been changed the most since the original draft.
MACo will continue to work with the Administration and the Maryland Department of Planning to address our remaining concerns with the Plan and will consider any legislation introduced during the 2012 Session relating to PlanMaryland.