About the Pimlico Community Development Authority

The Pimlico Community Development Authority (PCDA) is an advisory group established by State legislation to provide community input on how slots funding is allocated in the Pimlico area. Slots revenue, in the form of Local Impact Aid, is available from the state for jurisdictions that have casino facilities.  Through an annual spending plan, Local Impact Aid (slots funding) is available primarily for capital purposes benefitting economic and community development. The funding is designated for the Park Heights Master Plan area and the surrounding neighborhoods (1 mile radius: Northwest Community Planning Forum SNAP, Liberty-Wabash area, and Coldspring Newton).

The Pimlico Community Development Authority’s Role as Advisors

PCDA serves an advisory role in determining priorities regarding the spending plan for Local Impact Aid funding.  PCDA has the responsibility to advise the Mayor on priorities and the final funding decisions are part of the City budget approval by the Mayor and City Council. Video Lottery Terminals (slots) legislation gives PCDA the authority to serve as advisors. PCDA’s original purpose was to allocate Racetrack Impact Funds.

Type of Organization

PCDA is an “Authority” and it currently has no formal designation (not a 501c3, no staff, etc.).

Once the spending plan is finalized, video lottery terminal Local Impact Aid revenues are appropriated to the City agency designated to implement a project or to an appropriate agency to administer a grant or contract. 

Additional background on the legislation relevant to PCDA:

PCDA was created by the State legislature in 2005 via HB 1441.

The responsibilities of the Pimlico Community Development Authority were expanded in 2007 via Special Session SB 3.

Further changes were made in 2013 via HB 1020.

Local Impact Aid

In 2007, the State legislature passed the Maryland Education Trust Fund – Video Lottery Terminals legislation (2007 SB 3), which provides slots revenue funding in the form of Local Impact Aid to jurisdictions that have casino facilities.  The legislation also provides that a portion of the impact aid is directed to the area around the Pimlico Race Track.  The current statute provides funds to the Pimlico Area for 20 years, through fiscal year 2032.

Of the funds that are available for the Pimlico area, at least 75% must be allocated for the Park Heights Master Plan area and the remaining funds may be allocated for neighborhoods around the Park Heights Master Plan area, as specifically defined in the law. In FY18, to focus where need is the highest and impact will be greatest, 85% of the funds are allocated to the Park Heights Master Plan area and 15% to the 1 mile radius.

Pimlico Local Aid Eligible Areas

PCDA map

PDF iconPimlico Local Impact Aid Eligible Areas Map 85 15.pdf

For more information, please contact [email protected].