Maryland HB 615: Coast Smart Council Law

Maryland’s Coast Smart Council bill (House Bill 615) was signed by Governor Martin O’Malley on May 5, 2014; the law directs that all new and reconstructed State facilities be planned and built to avoid or minimize future flood damage. The law also creates the Coast Smart Council to oversee the state infrastructure projects.

The Coast Smart Council will be established in the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The council is required to adopt “Coast Smart” siting and design criteria for state capital projects to address the impact of sea level rise and coastal flooding. Criteria would be developed in accordance with specified requirements on or before June 30, 2015. Beginning July 1, 2015, any state capital project involving the construction or reconstruction of a structure would be required to comply with the siting and design criteria established by the Council.

The Coast Smart Council law ensures Maryland follows standards to make safe and fiscally-wise investments when building or updating State agency structures located in vulnerable coastal areas. The law does not affect schools, roads or local government projects, only structures built by State agencies.

Publication Date: May 5, 2014

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  • State of Maryland
  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources

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