Learn More: Land Use

Resources on Land Use Planning

Conservation Easements for Small Properties

Can conservation easements and land trusts work for small suburban properties? Here are some projects showing how it has been done.

NeighborSpace of Baltimore County

NeighborSpace, Chicago

Where Do We Grow from Here? Maryland Department of Planning
“The Task Force presented its report to Governor O’Malley at his “Smart, Green & Growing” press conference on January 12, 2009. The report, entitled “Where Do We Grow from Here?,” presents an assessment of current conditions in the State and outlines over 50 recommendations for furthering smart, sustainable growth in Maryland.” Includes links to the report and its appendices. 

The Trade-off between Private Lots and Public Open Space in Subdivisions at the Urban–Rural Fringe. Elizabeth Kopits, Virginia McConnell, and Margaret Walls (2007). 

Open Space and Urban Sprawl: The Case of the Maryland Forest Conservation Act.  Erik Lichtenberg and Ian Hardie (no date)
Slide presentation. Concludes that zoning increases sprawl.