Smart Growth at 10


Oct. 3, 2007 to Oct. 5, 2007


Winston Harrington, Virginia McConnell, and Elena Safirova

Event Series


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In 1997, Maryland burst into the national spotlight with the passage of its Smart Growth and Neighborhood Conservation initiative. The initiative gained broad national recognition and praise, yet the question remains: Has Smart Growth changed the development pattern in Maryland?

To address these and other related questions, the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education and Resources for the Future organized a three-day conference commemorating the 10th anniversary of Maryland's landmark Smart Growth legislation.

Former Maryland Governor and Smart Growth visionary Parris Glendening began the conference by reflecting on the evolution of the initiative. Contentious and unfamiliar at its inception, the legislation became a widely copied framework for states around the country.


Link to Final Conference Report 
Smart Growth @ 10: A Critical Examination of Maryland's Landmark Land Use Program
Conference Report
January 2008

The papers presented over the course of the conference touched on a variety of topics, including transportation, infrastructure, land preservation, and community development. Government officials, academics, and environmental and development interests debated the effectiveness and outcomes of Smart Growth instruments such as Priority Funding Areas and Rural Legacy easements. Discussion also focused on the role of state and local government in growth management, in addition to the need for increased state-wide and regional coordination.
Smart Growth faces both challenges and change in its next ten years.

Concern for the health of the Chesapeake Bay, the state's economic prosperity, and the quality of life of all Marylanders demands that the initiative address the questions and conclusions raised throughout the conference.

A conference program is available for download in PDF format.


link to pdf 
"Smart Growth @ 10" Conference to Take Critical Look at Maryland's Landmark Land Use Initiative
Press Release
September 2007


Wednesday, October 3
Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr.
Senate Office Building
West II, 11 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD

12:30 p.m. Registration

1:00 p.m. Welcome

1:30 p.m. Smart Growth 10 Years Later
Former Maryland Governor Parris N. Glendening


2:00 p.m. "What Did Glendening's Staff Hope to Accomplish?"
Moderator: Jenny Plummer-Welker, Maryland APA

  • Ray Skinner, Secretary, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Ronald N. Young, formerly Deputy Secretary, Maryland Department of Planning
  • Henry Kay, Deputy Administrator, Maryland Transit Administration
  • John W. Frece, National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education

Panel 1

3:00 p.m. "The Local Perspective on Smart Growth"
Moderator: Beth Harber, Abell Foundation

  • Jan Gardner, Frederick County Board of County Commissioners
  • David Carey, Mayor, Bel Air
  • Joe Rutter, former planner, Howard and Anne Arundel counties
  • David Harrington, Prince George's County Council

Panel 2

4:00 p.m. "The View from the Outside"
Moderator: Caroline Moore, ULI Baltimore

  • John Kortecamp, Home Builders Association of Maryland
  • Rich Thometz, Hailey Development
  • Dru Schmidt-Perkins, 1000 Friends of Maryland
  • Stewart Schwartz, Coalition for Smarter Growth

Panel 3

5:00 p.m. Summary

5:30 p.m. Reception for all participants
The Maryland Inn, Annapolis, MD



Thursday, October 4
The Inn and Conference Center
3501 University Boulevard East
University of Maryland, College Park, MD

8:15 a.m. Welcome
Gerrit-Jan Knaap

8:30 a.m.
I. Setting the Stage: Smart Growth in Context
Moderator: Garth Rockcastle, Dean, School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation

Panel 1


10:15 a.m.
II. Land Use and Land Use Change
Moderator: Amal Ali, Salisbury University

Panel 2

12:30 p.m.
Luncheon presentation
Beverley Swaim-Staley, Deputy Secretary
Maryland Department of Transportation

1:00 p.m.
III. Housing Choices and Preferences
Moderator: John I. Carruthers, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Panel 3


2:45 p.m.
IV. Smart Growth Instruments
Moderator: Margaret Walls, Resources for the Future


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