(January 8, 2014) – The Town of Ocean City was recently added to the State of Maryland’s list of Sustainable communities, along with 16 additional Maryland communities. These 17 Maryland communities were recognized for their efforts to join the statewide initiative to strengthen reinvestment and revitalizing in Maryland’s older neighborhoods.
“Sustainable Communities seek to conserve resources; provide green spaces and parks for recreation and agriculture and conserve historical and cultural resources,” said Ocean City Planning and Community Development Director Matt Margotta. “Being added to the state’s list of Sustainable Communities is a huge accomplishment for the Town of Ocean City. It is a positive reflection of our commitment to the town’s past, present and future.”
Currently, Governor O’Malley’s Smart Growth subcabinet has approved 55 Sustainable Communities under Maryland’s Sustainable Communities Act of 2010. Along with Ocean City, newly added communities included Towson, Taneytown, Annapolis, Cambridge, Thurmont and Chestertown.
“Ocean City’s Sustainable Community Action Plan focuses on efforts to increase workforce housing, modernize existing structures to code, plan for vulnerable sea-level rise areas, promote small business development, and improve the Town’s walkability,” continued Margotta. “We have worked closely with the Ocean City Development Corporation to develop a plan that would preserve the history of Ocean City while also preparing for future growth. We believe Ocean City’s Sustainable Community Action Plan will expand our tourism industry, while maintaining the historic and nostalgic beach community that our residents and visitors have grown to love.”
For a full list of Maryland’s Sustainable Communities, please visit: http://planning.maryland.gov/YourPart/SustainableCommunities.shtml. For more information about Ocean City’s plan, visit: http://planning.maryland.gov/YourPart/SustainableCommunities.shtml.