FastTrack is designed to expedite state review of qualifying development projects to promote economic development, job creation, and smart growth.
Projects approved for FastTrack will have the benefit of a concurrent and coordinated review by all relevant state agencies for any necessary state permits, allowing for the identification of any possible permitting or approval issues early in the development process. Additionally, FastTrack projects will be assigned a contact person to help guide them through the permit application process.
Use the interactive map to determine if your development project is located within a qualifying growth area(s).
Maryland’s Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) Housing Mapper was designed to help identify information concerning Smart Growth Areas and various other State designations in a quick and easy fashion. Information sometimes varies from program to program, and applicants for DHCD programs often had to track down designations through sister State agencies. Housing Mapper will significantly streamline and consolidate these processes by enabling a user to input a specific street address to receive immediate information on whether the location or applicant is in a designated area and DHCD program eligibility.
DHCD Mapper also includes a Multifamily Proximity Report. This tool allows users to input an address and a distance radius to generate a map detailing the location of all DHCD multifamily rental housing projects in that user-defined area. The Multifamily Proximity Report is intended to provide rental housing developers a snapshot of the State-funded rental housing available in a given area in order to assist them in deciding upon appropriate site locations for proposed projects.
MERLIN Online (Maryland’s Environmental Resources and Land Information Network) is a one-stop shop for environmental resources data in Maryland. MERLIN Online allows a user to create a map for any location in Maryland, including their choice of base map and user selectable data. Users can point a location on the map and receive information about that site. Another powerful feature of the system is access to information that helps to better understand the data being viewed, such as the origin of the data, how it was created, accuracy and age. MERLIN Online was developed to help users make better informed decisions.
In 2009, Governor O’Malley launched the Marylanders Plant Trees Initiative to encourage citizens and organizations to partner with the State to plant new trees. The Marylanders Plant Trees map is a tool that allows users to see the number, type, and location of trees that have been planted as part of this initiative.
Maryland’s AgPrint map begins with an analysis of Maryland’s resource lands, and it identifies and categorizes the level of development pressure of each resource. AgPrint targets certain areas for preservation and set priorities among them
The application provides information on the “status”, “vulnerability, “threat” and stability of rural resource lands. The “Status” is a measure of the number of residential lots already subdivided on agricultural or natural resource land. The “Vulnerability” is a measure of the number of additional residential lots that can be further subdivided and developed under existing local zoning and land use management tools. The “Threat” to rural resource land is an estimate of potential future market demand for residential lots, estimated by measuring the amounts of residential development that occurred on resource lands during the decade 1997 – 2006, and assuming a similar distribution of county residential growth projected to the year 2030. The fourth measure, “Stability of Rural Resource Lands,” assesses the likelihood that the integrity of the land resource can be sustained into the future, assuming aggressive land preservation efforts by the State and local governments.