The Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) casts a vision for smart growth throughout Maryland. The agency helps Maryland's counties and municipalities in land use and resource planning and provides review and technical assistance on a variety of planning topics. In addition, MDP offers data, analysis and research assistance and policy development and implementation support to local governments as well as communities, businesses and other organizations.
As MDP monitors and forecasts changes in development and land use throughout the state, staff creates tools that help plan Maryland's future. Information on demographic, socio-economic, political, cultural, geographic and land-use trends is collected, analyzed, and distributed in multiple formats. MDP supports interactive, web-based map display of census data, land-use, parcel data and aerial imagery to enhance and assist growth management and land-use planning decisions.