Projects part of revitalization effort for existing communities
Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., is set to announce the designation of Marylands first Priority Places tomorrow, launching the States new effort to promote well-planned development in targeted growth areas.
The Priority Places initiative is designed to re-energize and refocus state policies for land use and smart growth by encouraging development in existing communities where public funds have been spent for infrastructure needs in the past. The initiative targets projects and plans that can become catalysts for broader change in surrounding areas, with the goal of promoting economic development while restoring and protecting quality of life in Marylands older cites, towns and suburbs.
The designees were among 22 applicants in the first round, which had a deadline of Sept. 1, 2004. The applications were reviewed by the Smart Growth Sub-Cabinet which comprise of ten state agencies that have growth-related programs and roles.
The State currently is reviewing the second round of Priority Places applications, submitted Dec. 1, 2004, and expects to announce more designations this spring. Members of the media are invited to attend. Governor Ehrlich, State Planning Secretary Audrey Scott, and other Cabinet members will be available for comment.
Governors Reception Room
2nd floor, State House
Tuesday, February 1, 2005