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Key Committees and Commissions

MDOT is also responsible for representing the transportation interests on several committees and commissions, including:

  • Critical Area Commission – Created by the legislature in 1984, the Critical Area Commission is a State and local government partnership for regulating land use in the Critical Areas around the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays to achieve water quality, habitat protection, and growth management goals. The Commission reviews and approves large developments and all government sponsored projects.
  • Patuxent River Commission – Created by the legislature in 1984, the Commission oversees the Patuxent River Policy Plan, a document that outlines key recommendations for restoring and protecting the Patuxent Watershed, which focuses on land management.
  • Coastal and Watershed Resource Advisory Committee – Established in 1978, the primary mission is to advise the Administration, specifically the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources, on Coastal Program policy issues, proposed federal and state legislation affecting coastal areas, annual Coastal Program initiatives, and budget priorities.
  • Bay Cabinet – A sub-cabinet which advises the Governor on environmental issues related to water, and charged with oversight of the State’s activities required by the Bay Agreement. The Bay Workgroup, serves as the staffof the Bay Cabinet.
  • Maryland Transportation Commission – Advises and makes recommendations to the Secretary and the modal agencies in MDOT on matters that concern transportation policy, formation and execution.
  • Sustainable Growth Commission - Provides the State with a broad representation of stakeholders who can continue to promote a smart and sustainable growth agenda and to build on the work of the task force.
  • Smart Growth Subcabinet -  Helps implement Smart Growth Policy, recommending to the Governor changes in State law, regulations, and procedures needed to support the policy. Composed of Secretaries of Planning, Transportation, the Environment, and others.