Over the next 30 years local development plans will result in the loss of over 400,000 acres of rural lands. Maryland will be forced to pay billions of dollars it does not have for new roads, schools, and services. At the same time the pollution from all this new development will make it harder and more expensive to make sure our air and water are clean and healthy. Many of our existing communities have been decimated by policies at both the state and local level that funded new development on green fields instead of reinvestment in older communities.
We focus on four key strategies to help Maryland to slow the rate it is paving over rural lands and to encourage growth into areas that will result in more vibrant, economically and socially successful places to live, work and play.
- Improve state and local planning processes to increase accountability for the results of those plans.
- Encourage development where it should occur and discourage it from where it will do the most harm.
- Target transportation plans and funding to ensure new infrastructure provides better choices for people to get to work, school and play.
- Strengthen rural communities and economies; protect open spaces to reduce development pressures on these critical lands.
More information on our work can be found in the five categories on the left. Make sure to also visit our "take action" pages to find out what you can do to make Maryland an even better place to live, work, and play!
1000 Friends has created a ten-step platform for achieving a vibrant future, a future that includes the following:
- Maryland has vibrant cities and towns that support large and small businesses and are great places to live for people of all ages and incomes.
- Maryland has a world class transportation system that provides transportation choices for affordable and efficient access to jobs, schools, services, and recreation.
- Maryland has a healthy environment that results in a bountiful Chesapeake and Coastal Bays, clean rivers and creeks, and clean air.
- Maryland has a resilient, diverse and sustainable economy that uses tax dollars efficiently and creates conditions that support job growth.
- Maryland’s rural lands are economically strong and support farms to feed the region, lands for hunting, critical wildlife habitats and recreation.
Click HERE for the complete vision and our 10 steps to a vibrant future.