SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) administers the Sustainable Communities Program. This program is a place-based designation offering resources that support community development, revitalization and sustainability. 

Howard County has worked with Maryland DHCD to designate certain areas of the county as Sustainable Communities. These areas, and associated Sustainable Community applications/action plans, include:

sustainable communities map

Benefits and Resources

Overview

To support revitalization of Sustainable Communities, state agencies have created a revitalization toolbox that documents available benefits and resources. 

For some of Maryland DHCD's programs - such as Community LegacyNeighborhood BusinessWorks, and Strategic Demolition Fund - Sustainable Community designation is a requirement.

In addition to providing resources on revitalization programs, state agencies also offer a searchable database on programs that support reinvestment in existing communities. The Reinvest Maryland Toolbox includes more than 100 federal and state programs that support infill, redevelopment and community revitalization in Maryland.

Who May Apply?

STATE PROGRAM

Local Governments

Community Development Organization (1)

Nonprofit

Business Owner

Commercial Property Owner

Community Legacy

For more information: http://dhcd.maryland.gov/Communities/Pages/programs/CL.aspx

X

X

 

 

 

Neighborhood BusinessWorks

For more information:

http://dhcd.maryland.gov/Business/Pages/NBW.aspx

 

 

X

X

X

Strategic Demolition Fund

For more information:

http://dhcd.maryland.gov/Communities/Pages/programs/SDF.aspx

X

X

 

 

 

Sidewalk Retrofit

For more information:

Regional MDOT representative

X

 

 

 

 

Maryland Bikeways

For more information:

http://www.mdot.maryland.gov/newMDOT/Planning/Bike/Bikeways.html

X

 

 

 

 

Community Safety and Enhancement

For more information:

Regional MDOT representative

X

 

 

 

 

Small Commercial Tax Credit (Historic Preservation)

For more information:

https://mht.maryland.gov/taxcredits_small_commercial.shtml

 

 

 

 

X

(2)

Job Creation Tax Credit

For more information:

http://commerce.maryland.gov/fund/programs-for-businesses/job-creation-tax-credit

 

 

 

X

 

Sustainable Maryland Certified

For more information:

http://sustainablemaryland.com/

X

 

 

 

 

Sustainable Communities Tax Increment Financing

For more information:

http://planning.maryland.gov/YourPart/TIF/

X

 

 

 

 

1)       Examples of community development organizations include: community development corporations, main street organizations, downtown partnerships, etc.

2)       Tenants with long-term leases (i.e. those over 20 +/- years) may be eligible to apply, with permission from the property owner



Howard County Grant Awards

The list below provides examples of the types of projects that have been funded (at least in part) by state programs of benefit to Sustainable Communities. Howard County and its partners received a few of these grants prior to Sustainable Community designation, when these areas were designated as Community Legacy Areas (a designation type that Maryland DHCD no longer administers, now that the Sustainable Community designation is available).

Project

Sustainable

Community

Funding

Program

Award

Year

Award

Value

Façade Improvement Program – matching grants to give financial incentive to historic district owners for façade restoration

Ellicott City

Community Legacy

2015

$50,000

Streetscape Project –improvements along Ellicott City’s historic main street (i.e. trash cans, recycling bins, planters, etc.)

Ellicott City

Community Legacy

2014

$100,000

Façade Improvement Program – matching grants to give financial incentive to main street building owners for façade restoration

Ellicott City

Community Legacy

2012

$50,000

Baldwin Commons and Carroll Baldwin Hall – building renovation and enhancement of park

North Laurel-Savage

Community Legacy

2010

$90,000

Corridor Community Service Center – acquisition of permanent office space for the multiservice center in the Patuxent Square mixed-use development in North Laurel

North Laurel-Savage

Community Legacy

2010

$80,000

North Laurel Connections – design of trail and on road facilities and signage from Savage Park, North Laurel Community Center and the City of Laurel

North Laurel-Savage

Maryland Bikeways

2014

$40,000