Baltimore City Department of Planning e-News - July 2019

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Baltimore City Department of Planning eNewsletter  -  July 2019

A Message from Chris Ryer, Director

Chris Ryer

This summer, four interns from Maryland and beyond have joined our team to work on efforts related to resiliency, GIS mapping, climate, and food waste reduction. We are excited to have them join us, and you can read a bit more about their backgrounds below.

Moving ahead to next year, we would like to formalize our internship program and make it easier for students, especially those with Baltimore roots, to apply for opportunities with our Agency. Over the coming months, a working group, composed of Equity Committee members and other staff, will be meet to generate ideas around internships and other professional development opportunities. Our Equity Action plan recommends developing a strategy around diversity in the field of planning, and this year we will be renewing our commitment to this goal.

If you have ideas or suggestions, please don't hesitate to share them with our staff!

Have a great long weekend!,

Chris Ryer, Director

Meet our Summer 2019 Interns!

Ruby Nwaebube, Community Resilience

Ruby Nwaebube is the Community Resilience Fellow for the Baltimore Office of Sustainability (BOS). Ruby's fellowship is administered by the Urban Sustainability Directors Network’s Equity Diversity Inclusion (EDI) Fellowship Program.

Ruby will support engagement efforts in historically underrepresented communities in Baltimore and contribute to equitable community resiliency planning efforts. Previously, Ruby was a research assistant for four years on topics ranging from the architecture used in the Transatlantic Slave Trade to educational simulations on current policy issues. As of May 2019, Ruby earned a Bachelors in Urban & Environmental Planning with a minor in Architecture from the University of Virginia.


Chase Phillips, GIS Mapping

Chase is approaching his fourth year of undergraduate study at Salisbury University, where he majors in Urban and Regional Planning. Chase is an Eastern Shore native from Worcester County. This summer, he is focused on two main projects: (1) using ArcMap to map forest conservation easements around the city and (2) updating DHCD land use codes in the city's property database using ESRI aerial imagery.


Nevena Pilipovic-Wengler, Sustainability

Nevena is currently pursuing a masters in urban planning at Harvard's Graduate School of Design (GSD), and joins our Sustainability Division. She will helping further develop the Resiliency Hubs; reviewing the updated Climate Action Plan; identifying stakeholders for the Maritime Master Plan; and supporting the update process for CAMP (Critical Area Management Program) Manual. 

She shares that, "I'm currently reading 'Emergent Strategy' by adrienne maree brown as well as 'The Dispossessed' by Ursula K. Le Guin.  I'm making my way through The Baltimore Book and cannot wait to spend this summer walking around, soaking up, and learning from this incredible city!"


Alyssa Wooden, Food Matters

Alyssa Wooden will be working with the Food Matters program this summer. Alyssa is a senior at Johns Hopkins University majoring in Public Health and Spanish, with a minor in Environmental Studies. In addition to collecting compost at the JFX Farmer’s Market every Sunday, Alyssa will be creating educational food waste prevention materials, developing social media content, and analyzing data from the farmer’s market collection program.

Urban Design and Architecture Advisory Panel (UDAAP): Alta Federal Hill Presented @ June 6 Meeting


On June 6, a team consisting of Wood Partners and Design Collective presented their plans for Alta Federal Hill (1800 S. Hanover Street). The project will include 200 + rental apartment units as part of a mixed use project.

For more information on this project, and to review additional images, please visit the UDAAP website via this link.

Veterans Partner with INSPIRE Program to Improve Farring-Baybrook Park

Farring Baybrook

For The Mission Continues' fourth Mass Deployment, over 85 veterans deployed from 24 states—plus Washington DC and Puerto Rico—to the Baltimore neighborhoods of Brooklyn, Curtis Bay, and Harlem Part West to serve as part of Operation Charm City Charge. The veteran volunteers teamed up community partners, including the Department of Planning INSPIRE program, for service projects in Harlem Park West, Farring-Baybrook Park, Benjamin Franklin High School, Garrett Park and the Brooklyn O’Malley Boys & Girls Club, and the City of Refuge. In total, volunteers with The Mission Continues contributed over 6,500 hours of service to these communities. 

In Farring-Baybrook park, the group built and cleaned up walking pathways connecting local youth walking to the new 21st Century school in the community. This project kicked off the implementation phase of the INSPIRE plan in the neighborhood adjacent to Bay Brook ES/MS. One of the other projects turned a trash-filled alley into a community garden. For more photos from the project, check out this Baltimore Sun photo collection.

summer block parties

EVERY SUNDAY: Compost at the Farmers Market!


All Baltimore residents are welcomed to bring their food scraps to the Baltimore Farmers Market & Bazaar under the JFX for FREE every Sunday from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Baltimore's Office of Sustainability will continue to coordinate the collection of food scraps/compost every Sunday through December 2019. The compost drop-off tent is near the Hollywood Dinner at Holiday Street. You can bring your food scraps, plants trimmings, coffee grounds/tea bags, and paper products. We will not be accepting meats, dairy, fish, eggs, liquids, coated paper products, glass, metals, plastics and rubber.


New Analysis of CIP Program Will Be Released in July

CIP July

On July 11, Baltimore City Department of Planning will release a new, detailed analysis of the City’s billion dollar Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The report was developed jointly by the Department of Planning and the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance – Jacob France Institute at the University of Baltimore. The goal of the analysis was to develop a methodology to assess the distribution of capital improvement appropriations across Baltimore Community Statistical Areas, and to develop a baseline analysis.

The analysis will be available on the Department of Planning's website on July 11, 2019 and will be presented to Planning Commission on this date. 

Funding Opportunities.

Green, Healthy, Smart Challenge Grant due by November 2019, rolling application process.

The Green, Healthy, Smart Challenge is a grant program for student-led sustainability projects in Baltimore City Public Schools. Students must be a part of an organized green team that meets to complete their project. Teams just starting to develop sustainability initiatives can apply for up to $1,000.

Upcoming Commission Meetings & Events.

7/9 - Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP)

The Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) oversees 33 local historic districts, over 200 landmarks, and manages a local historic preservation tax credit program.  CHAP helps preserve and revitalize neighborhoods, celebrates City history, and promotes historic preservation as a proven economic driver for Baltimore City. 

For more information on the upcoming meeting agenda, visit this site.

7/11 - 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.

Sustainability Commission - CANCELLED FOR JULY

Please join commissioners and staff for our monthly Commission on Sustainability meeting. Meetings are open to the public. We welcome all who are interested to attend!

The Commission on Sustainability is made up of volunteer members representing environmental groups, community organizations, labor unions, public health and environmental justice interests, and private industry.

Information is available on the Sustainability calendar.

7/18- UDAAP

The Urban Design and Architecture Advisory Panel’s role is to provide the Planning Commission and the Department of Planning design review expertise in the areas of urban design, architecture, and landscape design for all proposed master planning efforts and significant development projects with the goal of achieving high quality designs for the planned and built environment of Baltimore City. More information found here.


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Baltimore City Planning

417 E. Fayette Street, 8th Floor

Baltimore, Maryland 21202


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Chris Ryer, Director