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Maryland TOD Designation 


The goal of the TOD Designation program is to support the creation and implementation of TOD through effective partnerships among local jurisdictions, state agencies and the private sector, and ensuring station areas are TOD-ready.
To set the stage for successful TOD implementation, Designated TODs:
  • Meet the State Definition of TOD (Section (m))
  • Demonstrate TOD land-use, design principles and TOD characteristics
  • Have strong partnerships, with well-defined State and local roles
  • Are development-ready - with supportive market conditions and development strategies in place


Potential Benefits Associated with TOD Designation:

  • Technical Assistance - Feasibility, Planning, and Market Studies, Pre-Development Assistance

  • Prioritization - in certain funding decisions, including preference in appropriate discretionary programs, enhanced consideration for capital funding, etc.

  • Financing Tools – A TOD designation enables localities more flexibility and opportunity by permitting the use of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and special taxing district bonds to finance TOD infrastructure, allowing them to partner with the Maryland Economic Development Corporation to finance TOD infrastructure.

  • TOD/Transit as Criteria in Locating State Facilities (2009) - A 2009 Executive Order  incorporates and emphasizes Transit-Oriented Development for State facilities where appropriate and feasible.

  • Access Assistance – Both the State Highway Administration and Maryland Transit Administration will work in partnership to address transportation and access issues.

  • Sustainable Community Benefits – Designated TODs are automatically considered to be part of the state’s Sustainable Communities designation, which is a condition of eligibility for several state programs.  For example, inclusion in this category supports eligibility for DHCD’s Community Legacy program, and also for Sustainable Community Tax Credits.  Designated TODs also receive bonus weighting under DHCD’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program. 


TOD Designation Process:

  • The local jurisdiction with land use authority may nominate a project as part of their annual “priority letter” for MDOT (generally due in April/May).   Staff works with local jurisdiction to define the nomination and collect background materials.  Final materials are vetted with the Secretary of Transportation and the Smart Growth Sub-cabinet for recommendation. 

  • The Secretary of Transportation conveys the outcomes of the review process, and offers official designation to local jurisdictions as appropriate.  Local jurisdictions then take action to formalize the agreement (including boundaries) by official resolution.  When this step is complete, the project is considered to be officially “designated.”

  • TOD designation does not imply that any specific funding or assistance will be automatically allocated.  Needs and expectations of support from both state and local agencies should be clarified as part of the designation process.

As of June 2012, Maryland has designated 16 TODs for priority State support.

TOD Designated Sites Map

Baltimore Area Sites:

Washington D.C. Area Sites

Other TOD Maps

Joint Development Projects

  • Symphony Center

Under Construction:

  • Metro Centre at Owings Mills - (Phases 1 & 2)
  • Reisterstown Metro - (Phase 1)
  • White flint - (Pike & Rose)

Under Development:

  • Savage
  • Odenton
  • Laurel
  • New Carrollton Metro (MDOT/WMATA partnership)