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St. Mary’s County Urban Design Training

St. Mary’s County, Maryland, located on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, is a predominantly rural coastal community. However, the location of the Patuxent River Naval Air Station brings with it high-tech aviation and technology businesses, which provide economic development and population growth. The County is interested in preserving its rural character, while promoting development within key areas including Lexington Park, California, and much of Great Mills.

As part of the Growth Area Initiative, CUSP, in collaboration with MD SeaGrant and the Environmental Finance Center, has developed a monthly training program to educate the planning commissioners on smart growth and good urban design principles. Using the expertise found at the University of Maryland, these sessions are providing valuable information to St. Mary’s County leaders to best inform the county's development process and ensure that a quality built environment serves as an amenity for years to come.

On behalf of CUSP, a speaker travels to St. Mary’s County each month to present ideas and best practices to a diverse group of St. Mary’s County Planning staff and Commissioners. Topics include coastal and waterfront smart growth, environmental financing options, urban design best practices, the impacts of climate change, LEED ND, and others.

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LEED-ND Training Workshop, St. Mary's County

Urban Design Training Workshop, St. Mary's County