Sprawling development, traffic congestion, and other quality of life concerns have sparked a national debate on the importance of growth management and strategic planning. Maryland's nationally-recognized Smart Growth legislation grew out of this debate, as a proactive approach to strengthen communities and protect natural resources. This legislation directs State funding to existing municipalities in an effort to encourage growth in those areas. Perryville, a small Maryland town located at the confluence of the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay near the Delaware-Maryland border, faces many of the same growth challenges as larger jurisdictions. However, unlike larger jurisdictions, Perryville and other similar small towns often have limited professional and financial resources to deal with the challenges of growth.
In the spring of 1999, Perryville Town Administrator Sharon Weygand accepted the assistance of Dr. Jim Cohen and the Urban Studies and Planning Program at the University of Maryland, in planning for the growth challenges facing Perryville-particularly in light of Maryland's Smart Growth legislation. This report is the result of their research.
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