The leading voice for smarter growth since 1994

1000 Friends of Maryland advocates for a more environmentally and economically sustainable future that creates opportunities for all Marylanders through better development patterns.




PlanMaryland is a roadmap for Maryland's future, developed by the Maryland Department of Planning in cooperation with state and local organizations.  It does not supplant local jurisdictions zoning and planning authority but provides a focus to ensure a healthy environment and a sustainable future.

"PlanMaryland embodies these core principles:  that government should consider the long-term consequences of its decisions; that the public approach to fiscal, environmental and energy policy should be sustainable; that today's leaders should not merely defer addressing difficult problems for the next generation; that State agencies and local governments should work together to accomplish common goals and objectives for growth, development and preservation."

 Read PlanMaryland:A Sustainable Growth Plan for the 21st Century, the Executive Summary, and the September 2011 draft.