Trail Planning: Resources for Statewide Connectivity
In response to growing interest in trails, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) led a comprehensive interagency planning effort to develop a long-term strategic plan that will guide implementation of a seamless trail network throughout the State. The Maryland Trails: A Greener Way To Go Plan communicates a vision for trail development in Maryland and provides policy direction for partner agencies and local governments. The Plan serves as a coordinated and strategic approach for developing a connected system of trails throughout the State, improving existing trails, and ensuring smart planning for future trail development.
The State of Maryland entrusts local jurisdictions with land use planning authority. Article 66B of the Maryland Annotated Code delegates planning and land use regulatory authority to all noncharter counties and all incorporated municipalities outside of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, as well as specifically identified towns within these two jurisdictions (Barnesville, Brookeville, Gaithersburg, Laytonsville, Poolesville, Rockville, Washington Grove, and Laurel).
County Land Preservation, Parks & Recreation Plans
Action plans for improving pedestrian and bicycling facilities will be completed for the entire county. Because of the level of detail needed to make specific recommendations, the planning effort is being phased in three parts to focus on areas of manageable size, while being broad enough to result in a comprehensive bicycle network, off-road multi-use trails, as well as a list of improvements needed to support walking.