2022 Water Resources Element Guidance Update
The Water Resources Element (WRE), a statutory requirement for local comprehensive plans, is designed to ensure that local plans for growth and development can be supported given limitations and constraints of water resources and water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure. This WRE Guidance Update provides best practices for considering and addressing water-related climate change impacts, and for addressing the challenges that growth and development pose to our collective efforts to protect and restore Maryland waterbodies. The WRE Guidance Update outlines best practices and is an advisory document. Comprehensive planning, including WRE development, is a local government decision.
The benefits people gain from the environment can be collectively referred to as Ecosystem Services, which are commonly divided into four major categories: provisioning services (e.g. timber, firewood, food), regulating services (e.g. water purification, wildlife habitat), supporting services (e.g. nutrient cycling, soil formation) and cultural services (e.g. recreation, spiritual benefits.
Get Kids Outside Website
A storymap of Project Green Classrooms
Housing Market: County Profiles
Annual county housing market profiles reporting on housing indicators, demographics, and DHCD investment.
Maryland Broadband Cooperative Network Coverage Map
Maryland Broadband Cooperative’s (MDBC) coverage area map depicts service to rural Maryland by building an advanced, world-class broadband network across the rural communities of Eastern Shore, Southern, and Western Maryland supported by its Members who provide Last Mile service
Maryland Commerce Community Demographics Tool (ZoomProspector)
The Maryland Department of Commerce has an enhanced online tool to help businesses looking to move into Maryland or expand in the state find both the properties and the Maryland communities that best meet their needs. The property search engine, known as ZoomProspector, offers demographic information about communities across the state.
Maryland Commerce Property Search Tool (ZoomProspector)
The Maryland Department of Commerce has an enhanced online tool to help businesses looking to move into Maryland or expand in the state find both the properties and the Maryland communities that best meet their needs. The property search engine, known as ZoomProspector, offers a broad range of information about available buildings and sites.
Maryland Environmental Public Health Tracking
Maryland Environmental Public Health Tracking shows data on environmental measures like air pollution, health measures like blood lead, and demographic factors that can affect health.
Maryland InfoPortal is the best one stop for finding financial and non-financial assistance, containing links to 700-plus state programs providing financial, non-financial and technical assistance and direct development to local government, civic and private organizations, and individuals.
Maryland Planning Housing Element: Models & Guidelines
The Housing Elements Models and Guidelines (M&G) curates national and state resources, as well as common planning practices and processes, to assist Maryland jurisdictions in the completion of a mandatory comprehensive plan housing element. The Land Use Article requires the housing element to address the need for and provision of low-income and workforce housing based on HUD's area median income. Resources include a housing data dashboard, self-assessments, a sortable affordable housing resource table, and a model housing element development process.
Maryland Protected Lands Dashboard
The Maryland land preservation dashboard is designed to let you assess the current status of Maryland's land preservation efforts and to access the tabular data that informs the dashboard as well as available land preservation GIS data.
Maryland's Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP)
The Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP) is Maryland's six-year capital budget for transportation projects.
Maryland's Green Infrastructure Assessment
The Green Infrastructure Assessment (GIA), based on principles of landscape ecology and conservation biology, identified an ecological network using satellite imagery to characterize land cover, Geographic Information System (GIS) data on road, stream, wetland and other resource features, and biological databases.
Maryland's Workforce and Labor Market Data
Your source for Maryland's Workforce and Labor Market Data
MD Bikeways Interactive Map
The Bikeways Program provides grant support for a wide range of bicycle network development activities. This interactive map shows bikeway awards by year and category.
MDP Priority Funding Area Map
Priority Funding Areas are existing communities and places where local governments want State investment to support future growth.
Opportunity MDOT provides web-based tools for small, minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses and disadvantaged businesses to access valuable resources and prepare for upcoming opportunities related to MDOT’s I-495 & I-270 Public-Private Partnership (P3) Program.
Reducing Maryland’s Vulnerability to Climate Change Phase I: Sea-level rise and coastal storms
Maryland’s Climate Action Plan includes two climate change adaptation strategies that are currently being used to guide state-level adaptation planning efforts. The first strategy (Phase I) addresses the impacts associated with sea level rise and coastal storms.
Reducing Maryland’s Vulnerability to Climate Change Phase II: Building societal, economic, and ecological resilience
Maryland’s Climate Action Plan includes two climate change adaptation strategies that are currently being used to guide state-level adaptation planning efforts. The second strategy (Phase II) addresses changes in precipitation patterns and increased temperature, and the likely impacts to human health, agriculture, forest and terrestrial ecosystems, bay and aquatic environments, water resources, and population growth and infrastructure.
A Guide to Accelerating Infill, Redevelopment and Community Revitalization, Reinvest Maryland represents an opportunity for all levels of government to work together, strengthen collaborative efforts to support revitalization and reinvestment, and to engage stakeholders of all types in the effort to rebuild our communities and improve quality of life.
SmartDG+ is an online, map-based screening tool to help developers and officials identify promising areas for the location of new wind and solar projects in Maryland. The tool focuses on screening factors of relevance to projects greater than 2 MW (i.e., bigger than rooftop solar.)
Snapshot Maryland Transportation Planning Dashboard
The Transportation Planning Dashboard is an interactive web map that provides users with socio-economic, demographic, employment, commuting information, and other transportation-related data. The Transportation Planning Dashboard is one of many dashboards planned under the Snapshot Maryland initiative.
Traffic Monitoring System Dashboard
The Traffic Monitoring System (TMS) Dashboard is a web-based portal tool that provides data analysis about traffic patterns, volumes, classifications and allows users to make informed decisions about the flow of traffic across the State of Maryland all from a single site. The TMS Dashboard brings together six different applications Volume Trends, Data Extractor, ITMS, AADT Locator, AADT Factors & Email Me.
Transit Station Area Profile Tool
The Transit Station Area Profile Tool provides users with station area demographics, employment and housing sales data, transit use and land use and development projects.
Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) in Maryland
A Storymap of Transit Oriented Development (TOD) in Maryland.
Transportation Element Checklist
Planning and MDOT developed a Transportation Element Checklist as a resource for jurisdictions in the early stages of transportation planning. The checklist is not intended as a list of requirements, but rather a compilation of items, data and other resources, questions, and best practices that jurisdictions may choose to consider when completing a transportation element and integrating it with other comprehensive plan elements.
Weather It Together
The Maryland Historical Trust offers a Weather It Together program, providing technical assistance to aid local governments in three key areas: hazard mitigation planning, disaster response and recovery, and climate change adaptation.
For those who crave success built on both hard work and the right environment, Maryland is turning on the lights and opening the door. So take a look around, and discover what Maryland can do for you.