TransForm Baltimore Moves to the City
TransForm Baltimore, the
zoning code rewrite made some very real progress over the past month, as we
wrapped up a series of public hearings held throughout the city. At these formal Planning Commission hearings,
hundreds of people took advantage of the opportunity to gather information, ask
questions, and provide formal testimony regarding the proposed zoning code.
March 21, 2013 TransForm Baltimore passed a key milestone when the Planning
Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of CCB
12-0172: TransForm Baltimore – Zoning, with amendments.
following week, the TransForm Baltimore legislation, with the proposed
amendments, was reviewed by the City Council on Wednesday April 3rd
at a hearing of the Land Use and Transportation Committee, chaired by
Councilman Edward Reisinger (District 10).
In addition to Planning, a number of
other City agencies, with some relationship to the Zoning Code, also submitted their
reports and recommendations on TransForm Baltimore to the
City Council prior to the April 3rd hearing. The following provides you a link to the
report of each agency:
City Council announces the next round of public hearings, the information will
be posted on their website. Although we will try to help get the word
out, we encourage you to check the council website regularly for updates
and potential amendments.
Planning Department is pleased to announce the newest member of its leadership
team. Theo Ngongang will be rejoining the Planning Department on April
29, 2013 to serve as Assistant Director, with responsibility for the
Comprehensive Planning, Capital Improvement Programming, Sustainability/Food
Policy and Research and Strategic Planning divisions.
With over 15 years of experience Theo
Ngongang brings broad expertise in both the public and private sectors, ranging
from public policy analysis to transportation planning, economic development
and urban planning.
Theo’s leadership has been demonstrated
in various capacities throughout his career, most recently as Chief of the
Planning and Project Development Division for Baltimore City Department of
Transportation (DOT). He was also Regional Planner at the Planning Office of
the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Central Business District
Comprehensive Planner for the City of Baltimore’s Planning Department.
in his career, Theo spent almost 10 years in Chicago working as a Designer and
Project Manager for various architectural firms.
graduate of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government with a Master in Public
Administration (MPA), Theo was trained as
an Architect in Paris, France (Ecole Speciale d’Architecture) and holds a
Master in Urban Planning and Town Management from Universite de
Paris-XII-Institut d’Urbanisme de Paris (IUP), and a Master in Public
People, Planet, Prosperity: Celebrating Our 2012 Sustainability
Tuesday, April 23rd 2013,
from 6 – 8:00 pm at Humanim (former American Brewery Building), 1701 North
Gay Street, Baltimore MD 21213
Baltimore Commission on Sustainability invites you to celebrate the release of
the 2012 Annual Sustainability Report. Last year, the Commission and the
City of Baltimore approved a Climate Action Plan, leading to the development of
a Climate Adaptation Plan. Join us for an exciting and engaging evening
celebrating such achievements and discussing climate change, health, and our
City! Dinner and drinks will be served. Registration is free! RSVP
This event is a part
of the 10th annual Baltimore Green Week.
New City Flood Maps and DP3 Town Hall
Tuesday April 30th,
2013, from 5 – 8:00 pm at the War Memorial Building, 101 N Gay St Baltimore, MD
The City of Baltimore has new tidal
flood maps! Come learn about how these changes will impact you and how you may
be able to save money on flood insurance. Representatives from Federal, State,
and Local agencies will be available to answer questions and share information.
The City will also introduce the Disaster Preparedness and Planning Project
(DP3) which integrates hazard mitigation efforts with climate change
considerations. This is a great opportunity for community members to
learn more about this important planning initiative and provide feedback.
East Baltimore Leadership Academy
Session 1: Tuesday,
April 30, 2013,
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, American Brewery, 1701 N. Gay Street, Baltimore, MD 21213
Session 2: Saturday,
May 4, 2013, 8:30
am to 12:30 pm, 901 N. Milton Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21205
Session 3: Wednesday,
May 8, 2013, 6:00
pm to 8:30 pm, American Brewery, 1701 N. Gay Street, Baltimore, MD 21213
Baltimore leadership Academy will equip East Baltimore City Residents with
essential leadership, community engagement, and urban planning knowledge and
tools they can use to strengthen their communities. It is specifically designed for the residents and nonprofits serving the
communities of: Berea,
Biddle Street, CARE, Darley Park, Dunbar-Broadway, East Balti-more Midway, Ellwood
Park/Monument, Gay Street, Johnston Square, Madison-Eastend, McElderry Park,
Middle East, Milton-Montford, Oldtown, Oliver, Pleasant View Gardens and South
Sponsored by the Annie E. Casey
Foundation, CPHA and the Baltimore City
Department of Planning, the three day series will provide training on community
engagement and urban planning. Participants are encouraged to attend all three days. The
Leadership Academy is FREE, but registration is required, sign up here. For more information, call CPHA at 410.539.1369 x 107.