The push to reform Smart Growth seems to be gaining volume, if not momentum. Just last week, Environment Maryland announced it had secured the pledges of 24 state legislators to back the environmental group's agenda for next year's General Assembly session.
Among its goals: getting state legislation to require local zoning to match comprehensive plans, effectively reversing the Maryland Court of Appeals ruling authorizing the massive Terrapin Run development in Allegany County. When last I checked, there were 47 senators (four in Environment Maryland's camp) and 141 delegates (with 20 backing the group's stance).
This week, another group, 1000 Friends of Maryland, hopes to rally its supporters to push for transportation policies that encourage compact development. The group holds its gala on Thursday at Silo Point, a former grain elevator in Locust Point that's been converted to a 228-unit condominium. Its developer, Patrick Turner, is one of 1000 Friends.
The state Department of Planning, meanwhile, plans another in a statewide series of "listening sessions" on growth in Maryland, this time on Oct. 28 in Aberdeen. The session, held in conjunction with the state Task Force on the Future for Growth and Development in Maryland, will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Aberdeen High School. For more info, go here.
State planners aren't content to draw lines on a map, either. They're asking for the public's views on growth, with an online survey you can take here.