Sprawling development has had a severe impact on the land, streams, waterways, aquatic habitats, living resources and both surface and groundwater supplies. In response, Maryland created a framework more than a decade ago to steer development toward Priority Funding Areas (PFA) to try to ensure that new construction occurred in areas where there was existing or planned services and infrastructure. The purpose of GrowthPrint is to initially highlight areas within Priority Funding Areas that are currently being targeted for infill, revitalization and redevelopment. Growthprint will change to include locally designated places that are identified for new development or for revitalization without existing state programs. GrowthPrint is designed to complement other existing mapping efforts, such as GreenPrint and AgPrint.
GrowthPrint was developed by using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to map existing programs in the State of Maryland that target resources within Priority Funding Areas. Maryland’s Sustainable Communities are the primary target areas. Sustainable Communities include locally designated revitalization areas, BRAC Zones and the 14 designated Transit Oriented Development (TOD) areas. Additional State programs that are included in GrowthPrint are Maryland’s Main Streets, Maple Streets, and Enterprise Zones. PlanMaryland Targeted Growth and Revitalization Areas and Established Communities that have been nominated by local governments and endorsed by the State are also included. GrowthPrint is further refined to only include areas that are within Priority Funding Areas (not including areas within the PFA that do not meet PFA criteria, known as “comment area”). While these geographies represent State programs, they are all designated by local governments. MDP will also solicit additional input on eligible GrowthPrint areas from local jurisdictions as part of the PlanMaryland process.
The GrowthPrint interactive website allows users to view the GIS layers that represent the cumulative State programs, as well as the individual layers that make up the individual programs mentioned above. Through a GIS overlay process, areas where programmatic geographies overlapped were identified and given the GrowthPrint designation. In the end, GrowthPrint gives a geographic representation of where the efforts are currently underway to target community infill, revitalization and redevelopment efforts, and where there are opportunities for future targeting.