LA PLATA, Md.—The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Raymond A. Skinner and Maryland Department of Planning Secretary Richard E. Hall have announced the designation of the Village of Hughesville as a sustainable community under the state's Sustainable Communities Act of 2010.
A Sustainable Community Area is initially identified by a municipality or County that has a specific local area in need of revitalization and has created a comprehensive strategy to encourage and guide local investment. The comprehensive Sustainable Community strategy aims to increase economic, transportation and housing choices as well as the quality of the local environment.
The rural Village of Hughesville plans to renovate and reuse many of its vacant tobacco warehouses to better accommodate agricultural heritage tourism. The Village lies within close proximity to the Three Notch Trail and has active business and civic associations involved the Village revitalization. Plans are also underway to improve pedestrian and bike linkages to and within the area.
More information about Sustainable Communities is available by visiting the Neighborhoods page on the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development website: http://www.mdhousing.org as well as the Maryland Department of Planning website: http://www.mdp.state.md.us.
Source: Charles County Government