Baltimore City Department of Planning e-News - April 2021

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Baltimore City Department of Planning eNewsletter  - April 2021

A Message from Chris Ryer, Director


I would like to acknowledge that we have a number of exciting opportunities available in the Department. Our positions are in the Office of Sustainability, CHAP and the Community Planning and Revitalization Division.  Please note that we will host a “virtual job fair” at Noon, on Friday, May 7th to answer questions about the positions and offer advice as to how applicants can get on the City civil service list.  We cannot hire  you unless you’re on the list!

I will miss the talented staff that we are losing, but glad to have the injection of new talent and new energy into the Department.

Chris Ryer, Director

A Walk Through Urban Planning History at the 2,000th Planning Commission Meeting

On April 1st, the Planning Commission celebrated its 2,000th meeting. In order to commemorate this milestone, Eric Holcomb, who serves as the executive director of CHAP and the Historic and Architecture Preservation Division chief, provided Planning Commission attendees with a thoughtful overview of the history of urban planning in Baltimore City.

Holcomb began by explaining that the first plans for Baltimore were drawn up in 1729, then walked the Planning Commission through some of the decisions and developments that created the Baltimore that we know today. Holcomb covered various historic moments and trends, from the institution of the current iteration of the Planning Commission in 1939, to the history of redlining in Baltimore, to population growth and depopulation over time. The presentation ended with a recap of some of the Planning Department’s current projects; the INSPIRE Plan, Baltimore Green Network, and the Planning Academy. The full livestream of the celebration and presentation, as well as the rest of the April 1st Planning Commission meeting, can be viewed at this link.

The Baltimore Black Artist Fair Begins on April 30th!

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The Black Artist Fair presented by Comcast is an educational and interactive event designed to connect Black creatives from the Greater Baltimore Area to resources and services to further enhance their crafts and careers. Over the course of a weekend, artists will be invited to explore professional and creative workshops, consultations, panel discussions, and keynotes speakers. The fair will also highlight the work of local artists across genres. Our organization believes it is necessary to curate a space specifically for Black Creatives to combat the issues of equity around access to these types of resources and opportunities.

To learn more or register visit

Flood Insurance Forum Tuesday, April 20th

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 Join the Maryland Insurance Administration, FEMA, and the Maryland Department of the Environment to learn about the importance of flood insurance and steps that can be taken to know, reduce, and insure the risk of flooding. During this event, you will have the opportunity to hear from speakers on numerous topics related to flooding. When registering, please select the two presentations that you would like to attend.

Register for the forum at this link. 

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Morgan State University Virtual Career Fair, April 16th

The City of Baltimore Department of Planning – Morgan State University Virtual Job Fair was designed to provide current students and alumni with a direct path in starting their careers with City government. This job fair is geared towards current students, recent graduates or alumni of Morgan State University who are interested in pursuing a career in urban or regional planning, sustainability, environmental studies, historic preservation, architecture, landscape architecture, architectural history, nutrition, public administration, public health, transportation, or a closely related field. However, ALL career paths are welcomed!

We will discuss the civil service recruitment process, interview process, upcoming available positions within our agency, and the excellent benefits of starting a career with Baltimore City government. Individuals who meet the minimum requirements for the City Planner I position will have an opportunity to meet with the hiring managers and make your first impression! See instructions. 

Register now for the Morgan State University Virtual Career Fair!

Permit Like a Pro: A DHCD Virtual Workshop Series

Baltimore Police Department Now Offering Presentations on Updates and Reforms

BPD reform update

Would your community association or organization like to have BPD attend your next meeting to talk about the Consent Decree? Schedule a presentation!

BPD is committed to keeping the community informed on its reform process and getting your feedback whenever possible. If your association or organization is having a virtual meeting in the coming weeks/months and you'd like the Consent Decree team added to your agenda, please email us at

Office of Sustainability Accepting Environmental Offset Grant Applications

The Baltimore Office of Sustainability is currently accepting applications for the Baltimore Environmental Offset 2021 Grants! The submission deadline is May 10th, 2021. This grant is administered by the Office of Sustainability and is intended for non-profit organizations who wish to implement greening or water quality related programs and projects. The grant this year includes funding from the Critical Area Management Program and the Forest Conservation Program. More information at link.

Vote for Station North in USA Today's Neighborhood Poll

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USA Today has selected Station North Arts District as one of the *10 best* Arts Districts in the US! Take a second to vote for Station North Arts District today, and once/day after that until the deadline: Monday April 26th. Let's see some love for our city and help make Baltimore number one! VOTE HERE:

Upcoming Commission Meetings & Events.

4/22/2021  - Planning Commission 

The Planning Commission is responsible for maintaining land use plans for the City and reviewing all amendments to the Zoning Ordinance. The Planning Commission meets on Thursdays throughout the year. 

Agenda and WebEx information is available via this link.

If you are unable to participate, you may submit written testimony to

4/21/2021 - Sustainability Commission

The Commission on Sustainability is a 21-member body, overseeing the implementation of the Baltimore Sustainability Plan. 

Meetings are held monthly, currently via WebEx, and open to the public.

WebEx link for the April 21st meeting. 

04/15/2021 - 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.

The agenda, meeting notes, and presentations for UDAAP meetings are made available here.

5/11/2021 - Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP)

Since 1964, CHAP has enhanced and promoted the culture and economy of Baltimore through the preservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods. CHAP meets on the second Tuesday of each month. 

Information and an agenda for the meeting will be available here.


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