The leading voice for smarter growth since 1994

1000 Friends of Maryland advocates for a more environmentally and economically sustainable future that creates opportunities for all Marylanders through better development patterns.



Charles County Victory

1000 Friends of Maryland has worked for the past six years in Charles County, resulting in a new plan for the county’s future that significantly prevents pollution and fosters more cost-effective development. This new plan is vastly different from the developers’ vision that was heading toward adoption.

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We Did It

1000 Friends of Maryland led this exciting and hard-fought campaign to create a sustainable plan that demonstrates how effective good land use planning can be. Changing the future of Charles County from the original developer-created plan to the citizen-supported vision prevents serious water pollution, protects forest and farmland, saves important fisheries, reduces drinking water threats and saves taxpayers billions of dollars.

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