From Cumberland to Baltimore to Ocean City, Maryland has a wealth of small towns and vibrant cities. 1000 Friends wants to see growth directed to our existing towns in the form of revitalization and expansion.
Even in our urban areas, smart growth takes smart planning. Growth must come with:
- Preservation of historic buildings and the vision of the community
- Improvements to services like schools, water treatment plants, and roads
- Creation of jobs to support local residents
- Access to community parks and green spaces
We support efforts that make it easier for developers to build in existing urban areas, such as tax credits and streamlined permitting. We also support community visioning efforts and strong local planning that make sure growth is done in balance with what the community needs.