Meet the Planning Staff: Debbie Herr Cornwell

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Debbie Herr Cornwell joined the Maryland Department of Planning in April as a resource conservation planner. She is serving as the Secretary’s representative on the Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation Board and the Critical Area Commission. As the Department lead for the Transfer of Development Rights initiative, Debbie has been reaching out to county and municipal jurisdictions to discuss how a TDR program can benefit them, More

Transfer of Development Rights – New Ways of Looking at Preservation and Investment

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Many planners are familiar with Transfer of Development Rights (TDRs) programs as a tool used to preserve open space by lifting development rights from a property and using those rights in another area to develop at a higher density. Less known is the use of TDRs by developers for other purposes, such as development design flexibility or environmental mitigation , and the existence of county-municipal TDR programs. More

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