Sustainable Communities

Maryland's Sustainable Communities are regions across the state where governments, business and communities coordinate investments to achieve sustainable growth, good jobs and thriving neighborhoods. Additionally, many Sustainable Communities are historically or culturally significant, with a local or national historic district designation​.

In Sustainable Communities, local governments work with the State to build on assets and create opportunities where public and private investments and partnerships can achieve:

  • A healthy local economy;
  • Protection and appreciation of historical and cultural resources;
  • A mix of land uses;
  • Affordable and sustainable housing, and employment options;
  • Growth and development practices that protect the environment and conserve air, water and energy resources, encourage walkability and recreational opportunities, and where available, create access to transit.​

To learn more about Maryland's Sustainable Communities, please visit the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development's website​.