Smart Growth Maryland: In the Field in Charles County

By Kimberly Golden Brandt

Smart Growth Maryland is a campaign of Preservation Maryland which advocates for a more environmentally and economically sustainable future that creates opportunities for all Marylanders through better development patterns. A major component of this campaign is focused on implementing smart growth policies at the local level across Maryland.

In Charles County, one of the state’s fastest growing counties, Smart Growth Maryland leads the Smarter Growth Alliance for Charles County (SGACC). The alliance is a coalition of local and state organizations which advocates for a smart, sustainable future for Charles County.  In addition to Smart Growth Maryland, the steering committee includes representatives of Chapman Forest Foundation, the Conservancy for Charles County, Mattawoman Watershed Society, Nanjemoy-Potomac Environmental Coalition, Sierra Club Southern Maryland Group, and Southern Maryland Audubon Society.

The historic Port Tobacco River. Flickr user F Delventhal.

Specifically, SGACC supports responsible development around existing infrastructure, transportation alternatives including light rail, and the promotion of a vibrant and healthy outdoors through implementation of the 2016 comprehensive plan. The coalition led a five-year campaign advocating for this visionary comprehensive plan which:

The coalition has also successfully advocated for:

Smarter Growth Alliance for Charles County

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Kimberly Golden Brandt · Director of Smart Growth Maryland

Kim Brandt leads Smart Growth Maryland, a project of Preservation Maryland, dedicated to the preservation of forests, farms and open space, and revitalization of Maryland’s cities and towns.

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