A Maryland analysis has found that developed lands in the state increased 8.4 percent between 2002 and 2010.
The latest version of the state’s Land Use/Land Cover map was released on Thursday. The analysis found that the rate of development since 2002 was twice the rate of population, which increased 4.8 percent.
Richard Hall, Maryland’s secretary for the department of planning, says the data shows that Maryland has now developed more than 1.6 million acres, which is about 27 percent of the state’s total land area.
Gov. Martin O’Malley will talk about the updated map in Ocean City on Friday in his presentation on Plan Maryland. The state is receiving public comment on the plan draft until Sept. 1. The plan will be presented to the governor in October.