ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O’Malley signed an executive order Monday outlining how to implement the state’s first long-range strategy to control growth as the population continues to swell, but opponents say the plan that includes sweeping land-use implications should have gone through the General Assembly.
O’Malley was joined by former governors Harry Hughes and Parris Glendening for the presentation of PlanMaryland. The basic framework of the plan is in effect. However, the administration will be working with local governments for the next six months to develop a specific list of criteria for planning areas, and no major changes are expected to happen before a year’s time, said Maryland Department of Planning Secretary Richard Hall.