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Priority Funding Areas (PFA)
View the Priority Funding Area Revisions Staff Report.

Smart Growth Act

Maryland passed the Smart Growth Act of 1997 that established visions to guide growth and development throughout the State. This Act created a wide range of policies and programs that address land preservation, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, transportation, and environmental protection initiatives.

One element of this Act is the designation of Priority Funding Areas (PFA). These areas are used by the State to direct and prioritize funding for development and infrastructure projects. Usually PFAs are located within planned growth areas and municipalities with public water & sewer and appropriate zoning designations. The Community Development Division identified PFA boundaries and are currently awaiting review by the Maryland Department of Planning.