City of Gaithersburg, in July of 1999, adopted the Smart Growth Policy to provide
overall guidance to the City's Master Plan as it relates to land use, transportation,
infrastructure and funding priorities. Adopted as an element of Gaithersburg's
Master Plan, the Smart Growth Policy is designed to act as an umbrella policy
over all elements of the Plan, and serves to coalesce several existing City
programs into a unified policy statement. It provides further guidance as to
the quality of development that the City both encourages and anticipates for
its future. Under the definitions of the State's Neighborhood Conservation
and Smart Growth legislation, the entire City of Gaithersburg is considered
to be an "area appropriate for development."
The City has demonstrated its commitment to Smart Growth by developing its
own criteria that parallel the State's goals while also addressing the
particular needs of Gaithersburg.