Reinvest Maryland (Formerly IRR) Report Released

An October 6 Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission press release announced the released of the Commission’s Reinvest Maryland Report.  Formerly known as the Infill, Redevelopment, and Revitalization (IRR) Policy, the Reinvest Maryland report includes over 60 recommendations to encourage IRR within a subset of the Priority Funding Areas (PFAs) and discourage new development outside of the PFAs.  From the press release: … Continue reading Reinvest Maryland (Formerly IRR) Report Released

Sustainable Growth Commission Approves Reinvest Maryland/IRR Report

The Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission met on August 27 and unanimously approved a draft report and recommendations on “Reinvest Maryland” – formerly known as the Infill, Redevelopment, and Revitalization (IRR) Policy.  The Commission also approved several changes proposed by MACo Commission representatives Talbot County Planning Director Sandy Coyman and Harford County Council Member Mary Ann Lisanti. The Commission plans … Continue reading Sustainable Growth Commission Approves Reinvest Maryland/IRR Report

Sustainable Growth Commission Updating Reinvest Maryland Policy

A workgroup within the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission is working to update and refine Commission’s Reinvest Maryland Report, which made State and local government recommendations regarding infill, redevelopment, and revitalization. While in development, Reinvest Maryland was originally known as Infill, Redevelopment, and Revitalization (IRR). The original report, released in October of 2014, included over 60 recommendations broken down into … Continue reading Sustainable Growth Commission Updating Reinvest Maryland Policy

MDP Announces Reinvest Maryland Rollout at Sustainable Growth Commission Meeting

Maryland Secretary of Planning David Craig announced at the July  27, 2015, meeting of the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission that the Department of Planning (MDP) plans to create a “one stop shop” on MDP’s website for Reinvest Maryland initiatives. As previously reported on Conduit Street, Reinvest Maryland is a policy created by the Commission to encourage infill, redevelopment, … Continue reading MDP Announces Reinvest Maryland Rollout at Sustainable Growth Commission Meeting

MDP Secretary Argues for Redevelopment, IRR Policy in Sun Op-Ed

In a June 25 Baltimore Sun op-ed, Maryland Secretary of Planning Richard Hall argued the benefits of redevelopment and discussed the State’s proposed Infill, Redevelopment, and Revitalization (IRR) Policy.  Hall presented his case for redevelopment: As we’ve learned over and over again, older, organic development patterns are often preferable to those driven by auto-dependent design.  … … Continue reading MDP Secretary Argues for Redevelopment, IRR Policy in Sun Op-Ed

Sustainable Growth Commission To Hold June 25 Public Forum On IRR Policy

            As previously reported on Conduit Street, Governor Martin O’Malley and Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown have asked the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission to propose an Infill, Redevelopment, and Revitalization (IRR) Policy by August 31.  The Commission will be hosting a public forum on June 25 in Annapolis.  From a June 23 press … Continue reading Sustainable Growth Commission To Hold June 25 Public Forum On IRR Policy

2015 End of Session Wrap Up: Public Safety and Corrections

This post summarizes the status of Public Safety and Corrections bills that MACo took a position on during the 2015 Regular Session. Civil Immunity – Emergency Medical Care for a Drug Overdose: HB 898/SB 546 and HB 368/ SB 214 establish immunity from civil liability for law enforcement and first responders trained and certified to … Continue reading 2015 End of Session Wrap Up: Public Safety and Corrections

Sustainable Growth Commission Briefs Environment & Transportation Committee

Jon Laria, Chair of the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, briefed members of the House Environment and Transportation Committee on January 20 about the nature and activities of the Commission. Commission Chair Jon Laria described the history and makeup of the of the 34-member independent advisory body that studies Smart Growth and land use issues, noting that … Continue reading Sustainable Growth Commission Briefs Environment & Transportation Committee

Governor’s Budget Repeats Cut in Pension Funding

The proposed FY 2015 budget has stirred controversy by permanently dropping the amount of pension savings to be reinvested into the system to advance it toward an adequate funding status. This $100 million change per year, part of the plan to address the general fund’s structural deficit, may have direct cost consequences for counties that … Continue reading Governor’s Budget Repeats Cut in Pension Funding