How do Designated TODs relate to Smart Sites and other programs?
The State of Maryland has several programs that are focused on revitalizing communities, but have different policy goals including the TOD, Smart Site, BRAC Zone and Main Street programs. Designated TODs have specific tools to promote mixed-use development around transit stations. Other programs have different goals and different tools to achieve them.

An area or project may utilize more than one Smart Growth program. In fact, under the Sustainable Communities Act of 2010, there will be a more holistic response to revitalization initiatives. The Smart Growth Subcabinet, which includes the key departments with programs to support revitalization, will now review designated TODs, providing opportunities to leverage different programs.

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1. What does the term transit-oriented development mean?
2. Why is the State involved in transit-oriented development?
3. What does it mean to be a designated transit-oriented development (TOD) in Maryland?
4. Why designate some Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) projects and not others? Should all TODs be designated?
5. What are the benefits that designation brings to a Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) project?
6. What is the process for designating a TOD pursuant to Section 7-101(m)?
7. Do the State and local government designate a project, a zone, a planning effort, or something else?
8. Have any projects been designated TODs yet?
9. Is there a limit to the number of TOD designations that can be made?
10. What new financial tools did the 2009 TOD legislation grant to local governments for use solely at designated TODs?
11. What is tax increment financing (TIF)?
12. What is a Special Taxing District?
13. What is the Maryland Economic Development Corporation (MEDCO) and what role does it plan in TOD?
14. Are there dedicated funds in the State budget for TODs?
15. What are the characteristics of a good candidate for TOD Designation?
16. What types of transit stations make a TOD project eligible for designation?
17. Is there any new State legislation that might help support TOD projects?
18. How do Designated TODs relate to Smart Sites and other programs?
19. Whom do I contact to learn more about TOD and TOD Designations?