Baltimore City Department of Planning e-News - December 2017

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Baltimore City Department of Planning eNewsletter  -  December 2017

A Message from the Director


This month marks the third year for the successful Made in Baltimore holiday store. This year, the store is popping up in a formerly vacant bank building, creating activity and energy along the North Avenue corridor, directly across the street from the new Parkway theater. The store is an initiative of the broader Made in Baltimore campaign to support locally grown small manufacturing businesses. Read more on this project in this month's newsletter --- we encourage you to visit the shop this Holiday Season and meet the artists and makers behind the goods.

In addition, this month, Sustainability Director Lisa McNeilly will be a featured speaker on Wes Moore's Baltimore-focused radio show on WYPR: Future City. On December 20th, Lisa will discuss Baltimore's efforts to build a more resilient city. She will highlight the Disaster Preparedness Project and Plan (DP3), a pro-active and collaborative approach to protecting Baltimore’s people, infrastructure, assets and environment. Lisa will be featured alongside Jed Horne, author of "Breach of Faith" about New Orleans, and Amy Chester from Rebuild by Design. Please tune in to learn more about our efforts around these issues.

From all of us at the Department of Planning, we wish you a safe and festive holiday season.

Thomas J. Stosur, Director

Third Annual Made In Baltimore Shop Hosts Grand Opening on December 1


This season, a vacant storefront at the corner of North Avenue and Charles Street has come alive as the headquarters for shoppers to buy local.

Made in Baltimore launched its third annual holiday store at 1901 N Charles Street. Made in Baltimore is a program of Baltimore's Office of Sustainability.

The mission of Made in Baltimore is to support local entrepreneurs by growing the market for locally produced goods.This is accomplished through local brand certification, special events such as the Holiday market and business development services.

Shoppers can visit the Made in Baltimore shop this holiday season for products from over 60 local businesses.

Made in Baltimore Supports Local Industrial Sewing Training


The Made in Baltimore shop features special tote bags made through an industrial sewing training program, a partnership between Made in Baltimore, Open Works and SewLab USA. The tote bags used recycled vinyl bus stop covers from the BaltimoreLink launch. 

You can see a video about the transformation of these signs into tote bags here, and meet some of the students enrolled in the training program. 

All proceeds from these bags will support the training program.

We are gearing up for the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) season! 

Agencies will present their priorities to the Planning Commission in January, and the Commission will review recommendations in February and March. 

Information about the process is available here.

The full schedule is available here.


Sustainability Director on Wes Moore's Future City podcast

Each month, Wes Moore sits down to talk urban policy, and asks the question, "could this work in Baltimore?"

On December 20th, Baltimore Sustainability Director Lisa McNeilly will be speaking to Moore about Baltimore's all-hazard mitigation plan (DP3), the floodplain code, and the City's Resiliency Hubs.

You can catch the discussion on WYPR's Future City podcast, broadcast on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.

Wes Moore

Baltimore Planning Honored For Work on New Zoning Code


On November 15, 2017, the LAI Baltimore Chapter, a group for land use and development professionals, hosted its Annual Meeting.

During this event, Rachael Edds, former Planning staff member, received a member of the year award, and a Special Chapter Award was presented to Tom Stosur and Laurie Feinberg of the Planning Department for their leadership and dedication to the development of the new zoning code, Transform Baltimore

What We're Reading...

Mega-philanthropy doesn't always end up helping the parts of the city that need it most. Is there a better way to spread giving dollars around? (Citylab)

Does anyone care about West Baltimore(Baltimore Sun op-ed)

Development without Displacement in Buffalo, NY (Next City)

The Boston Globe covers race and racism in a seven-piece series. The first focuses on the development of Seaport. (Boston Globe)

Department of Planning in the News...

The Department of Planning's work around equity received press coverage over the last month:

Baltimore Reckons with Its History of Redlining, in Next City, covered our Department's recent work through our Equity in Planning Committee to develop an Equity Action Plan and a lens through which our work will be analyzed moving forward.

The Baltimore Sun covered recent analysis of capital spending by poverty, race and geography by our Capital Improvement Program team.

Upcoming Events

December 21 - Planning Commission

The Planning Commission meets regularly each month. All meetings are held in the Phoebe B. Stanton Boardroom of the Department of Planning, located on the 8th floor of 417 East Fayette Street and are open to the public. Live streaming is available.

The agenda and staff reports are available on this website

city of baltimore

Catherine E. Pugh,

Baltimore City Planning

417 E. Fayette Street, 8th Floor

Baltimore, Maryland 21202


department of planning

Thomas J. Stosur,