May Compass - eNews from Baltimore Planning


A monthly eNewsletter from the Baltimore City Department of Planning

May 2015

A Message from the Director…

In the wake of the recent turbulent events in Baltimore, I would like to share this “Open Letter” to all City residents and stakeholders, drafted by Planning Department staff.  We welcome your comments and reflections, in the spirit of OneBaltimore.

Thomas J. Stosur, Director


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You're Invited... Southwest Baltimore Industrial Opportunities: Bus Tour and Discussion

Friday, May 29, 2015  


Montgomery Park

1800 Washington Blvd

Baltimore, MD 21230

Click here to Register!

Please join Baltimore City Department of Planning, Baltimore Heritage, and Housing Policy Watch for a bus tour, lunch, and discussion exploring opportunities for industrial redevelopment in Southwest Baltimore.

This two-hour bus tour explores a selection of historic industrial properties around southwest Baltimore. We’ll visit success stories like the C.L. McCoy Framing Company, vacant landmarks like the Eigenbrot Brewery, and highlight the potential for historic industrial buildings to help create new jobs and economic opportunities for Baltimore residents.

510 S Monroe St

Join the Opportunity 

Collaborative for the release of the Baltimore Regional Plan for Sustainable


Monday, June 8, 2015 


Baltimore Museum of Industry

1415 Key Highway

Baltimore, MD 21230

Click here to Register!

The RPSD is the culmination of three years of work and will help the Baltimore region coordinate investments in housing, transportation and workforce development to reduce disparities and connect all of our citizens to a prosperous future. 

Please join other regional leaders as we launch the first joint and sustained effort by the governments and significant non-governmental organizations in the region to collectively address regional planning issues.

Open Letter to Baltimore

Dear Baltimore,

The end of April was a very tumultuous time for the City of Baltimore. Following the death of Freddie Gray, a resident from the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood in West Baltimore, there were many days of peaceful protests. But on April 27th, following his funeral, the City experienced civil unrest in several neighborhoods, causing serious property damage.   This video footage was seen the world over.  It was a moment of crisis and collective despair the likes of which this city has not experienced in over a generation. 

The very next day, on April 28th, a wonderful thing happened.  Baltimoreans from all backgrounds and walks of life banded together to clean-up and volunteer to help those impacted from the destruction the day before. What followed were several more days of peaceful protests and community solidarity. In these few days we experienced many facets of Baltimore in a remarkably short span of time. It’s been a period so filled with events and emotions that undoubtedly it marks a shift in our City. We pledge to work in partnership with our residents and community stakeholders to build upon and capture your positive momentum, starting now, at this crucial moment. 

As events were unfolding, the City of Baltimore Department of Planning staff experienced a variety of intense emotions. Given our unique function to create and provide guidance on policy and planning to improve neighborhoods and build the City, we asked ourselves many questions.   We asked ourselves how do WE respond, how do WE show the citizens of Baltimore that we do hear you and will continue to listen to you.  We share not only in the successes of the City, but also in the hurt that the City experiences.  We hear those that feel disenfranchised and we are committed to do what is within our power to make sure that the table we sit at is the people’s table.  The policies, plans and projects that we work on will reflect a Baltimore where everyone feels that they are an important and equal part of this great City -- One Baltimore.

Our role is to help direct resources to invest not only in places, but in people.  We are committed to harnessing the dialogue that is happening in our City and using that to reflect upon and revisit the work we have done and are doing, as well as to help guide our future policymaking, planning and decision making.  Our goal and desire is to be a partner in the physical redevelopment of neighborhoods, as a building block to empowering the current residents-- and future generations-- of the communities we serve. 

Moving forward we are committed to continuing our work with the Administration, our sister agencies, and a host of public and private stakeholders--at local, state and national levels-- to create a truly healthy and sustainable Baltimore.  In particular, we are eager to work with our non-profit and community partners to build neighborhood capacity through assistance with community organizing, leadership development and youth engagement.  


The Department of Planning


Community Tree Planting

On the afternoon of Friday, May 8th, 2015, the staff of the Planning Department joined forces with Blue Water Baltimore and the students of Collington Square Elementary/Middle School to plant 22 trees around the school’s campus in east Baltimore.


To volunteer to do YOUR part, visit!


CHAP's Celebrity Chef


On April 30, 2015 the staff for the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) won first prize for deserts in the American Institute of Architects Baltimore Chapter first annual celebrity chef event.  Upon much deliberation, and upon recommendation of preservation planner Lauren Schiszik and renowned baker (winner of the 2011 Department of Planning bake-off spatula), CHAP staff chose to bake a Pear and Earl Grey Upside Down Cake served with Lavender Fleur de Sel Caramel Sauce.   


A new twist of having your tea with desert, the combination of sweet, lavender, and a hint of Fleur de sel (sea salt) won over the judges and many of the participants.