Cambridge Main Street wanted to support local businesses—and new zoning is helping to make it happen
Main Street in downtown Cambridge, MD. Photo by Eli Pousson, via Flickr.
It took a golf course to make the city of Cambridge, MD, reconsider how it was planning development.
The 1,000-acre project would have added 3,200 homes to Cambridge, a city of just over 12,000 people on Maryland’s lower Eastern Shore. After several rounds of city approval followed by fierce public opposition, the Maryland Board of Public Works purchased 70% of the land back from the developer and committed it to preservation.
“That experience was a major impetus to rewrite the City’s comprehensive plan,” said City of Cambridge Planner Anne Roane. In 2008 the City began the process of updating its plan for growth. And city planners weren’t the only ones excited about the new initiative.