Conference Session: The Growth of Smart Growth

By Jessica Feldt

By thoughtfully directing growth and development, the concept of Smart Growth can weave together open space conversation, affordable housing, and historic preservation to create a more environmentally and economically sustainable future. An expert panel discuss the growth of Smart Growth in Maryland during the Old Line State Summit hosted by Preservation Maryland at the University of Maryland.

Free Resource: If you missed this session at the Old Line State Summit and/or have an interest in the concepts of smart growth, Preservation Maryland is pleased to offer an on-demand conference recording and a free copy of the presentation as a PDF file.



It has been 20 years since the introduction of Smart Growth in Maryland and it has become a staple of land use, economic development, and preservation initiatives. This session will explore what has been achieved through Smart Growth, what goals remain unmet, and how Smart Growth is evolving to meet new challenges. Kimberly Golden Brandt, Executive Director of 1000 Friends of Maryland, will review the goals of Smart Growth and discuss how successfully those goals have been met. Katie Parks, Director of Conservation for the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, will discuss the ways Smart Growth has worked on the Eastern Shore and the economic impact on communities. Gerrit Knaap, Director of the National Center for Smart Growth, will explore issues unaddressed by the initial Smart Growth mandate that are critical elements of Smart Growth today.


Kimberly Golden Brandt

Kimberly Golden Brandt has worked as a professional planner for twenty years. She has led 1000 Friends of Maryland‘s local smart growth campaigns since 2012. Prior to joining 1000 Friends, Kimberly worked in local land use planning and natural hazard mitigation planning as Maryland’s State Hazard Mitigation Officer.


Katie leads the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy’s Land, Stewardship, and Town programming. Prior to joining ESLC in 2014, her professional background focused on transportation and real estate. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration and her master’s degree in business administration from the University of Baltimore.

Gerrit-Jan Knaap

Gerrit-Jan Knaap is Professor of Urban Studies and Planning and Executive Director of the National Center for Smart Growth at the University of Maryland. Knaap earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, and received post-doctoral training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, all in economics.

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