BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland analysis has found that developed lands in the state increased 8.4 percent between 2002 and 2010.


The latest version of the state’s Land Use/Land Cover map was released on Thursday. The analysis found that the rate of development since 2002 was twice the rate of population, which increased 4.8 percent.


Richard Hall, Maryland’s secretary for the department of planning, says the data shows that Maryland has now developed more than 1.6 million acres, which is about 27 percent of the state’s total land area.


Gov. Martin O’Malley will talk about the updated map in Ocean City on Friday in his presentation on Plan Maryland. The state is receiving public comment on the plan draft until Sept. 1. The plan will be presented to the governor in October.


(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. overregulated says:

    The Governor will stop at nothing to permanently remove rights of rural Marylanders and devalue their property.

    Stacks of regulations in existence already have been very damaging to property rights and land value, and O’Malley wishes to further that damage without regard to the well bieng of rural Marylanders, who by the way do not vote Democratic.

    The democratic urbanized voting base will have development and opportunity abound, and will still be the pollution machine in Maryland. Rural Maryland will be suffocated and punished for the pollution of the urban areas.

  2. rj says:

    When states have no clauses to maintain open space, wooded areas and farm land. All states and municipalities will build on it. The belief is that if its developed the tax income will be higher forgetting that blight happens. Builders see uncleared land as an opportunity to make more money because they will not need to demolish blight and those who would buy are trying to escape civilization anyways. Sprawl happens due to poor planning. Your new house in a wooded township will not last until you modify your charter, otherwise you’ll relocate to a less undeveloped area to escape to.

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