Baltimore City Department of Planning e-News - October 2022

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Baltimore City Department of Planning eNewsletter  - October 2022

A Message from Chris Ryer, Director


This month, we've kicked off our district workshops for Our Baltimore. We have 9 workshops scheduled across town. Each workshop is led by one of our team's Community Planners alongside members of our Community Engagement Leadership team, composed of community based organizations. You can choose to attend the workshop closest to you, or select a workshop based on the spotlight topic. Learn more below about what to expect when you attend a workshop!

In other news, the Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) is seeking urban agriculture proposals for City-owned land in multiple neighborhoods. This is a very exciting step for our City. To learn more, read onwards below.

Finally, Baltimore City is part of an international agreement of Mayors called the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact. This pact is a tool used to measure progress towards food policy related goals. As part of this Pact, our Food Policy Director, Taylor LaFave, is heading to the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact Global Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this month. At this event, food policy practitioners will gather to explore climate justice thru the lens of food.

Chris Ryer, Director

Our Baltimore: Fall Public Meetings Have Begun!


Resident-leaders join a discussion of Our Baltimore at Pimlico ES this month.

Join us to generate ideas and recommendations during the "Shape Your City" Workshops!

Join us over the coming weeks for the remaining “Shape Your City” workshops, co-hosted by the Department of Planning and organizational members of our Community Engagement Leadership team (CELT).

What happens at the workshops?

At each workshop, the facilitators will give an overview of the Our Baltimore project process, and an overview of one priority topic. Facilitators will share information like data, definitions and potential models.

From there, residents will collaborate with their neighbors to propose recommendations related to the priority topic. 

What if I can not attend the workshop in my area?

Feel free to attend any of the other workshops scheduled. You can also save-the-date for December 3rd - for another opportunity to weigh in, in-person. More information about that event will be in November's compass.

Finally, if you prefer online engagement, please check out the topics page of our website: Topics Areas and Content | OurBaltimore (  You can also submit your suggested goals and recommendations through this form

On the topics page, you can read background briefs for our priority topics. As we begin to collect recommendations from the public, we will upload the recommendations online. This will be a living document over the next few months with an opportunity for you to leave feedback and add more ideas.

What will happen once recommendations are generated?

Our team will develop a system for vetting recommendations according to consistent criteria. We are looking for recommendations that we can implement; can have a broad impact and can further equity. Once recommendations are vetted, we will begin to draft a plan in 2023.

This draft plan will be shared with the public and revised further next year. 

Click here to view a PDF of the fall workshops!


DHCD Issues Urban Agriculture RFP - a First!

Urban Farming

DHCD, in partnership with DOP, is pleased to release the City of Baltimore's FIRST-ever Request for Proposals (RFP) specifically for urban agriculture. The RFP is for one of 4 available city-owned sites. The four sites are located in Ten Hills, Rosemont, Central Park Heights and Broadway East.

“Urban agriculture” per this RFP means: the cultivation, processing, and/or marketing of food, flowers, and other farm products, whether on a for-profit, non-profit, community-based, or individual basis. 

All submissions must be received electronically by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday, November 16, 2022. Details are available via this informational packet. Submit your proposal now or by November 16.

Federal Grant Funds en Route to Middle Branch

Middle Branch picture

State and local officials announce $47.7 million in grant funding to protect South Baltimore neighborhoods from flooding.

As part of the Middle Branch Resiliency Initiative, grants from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and state and local government will come together to form a a network of wetlands.

The Middle Branch Resiliency Initiative (MBRI) is a comprehensive implementation strategy for mitigating flood risks to public utilities, hospitals, transportation infrastructure, and communities surrounding the  Middle Branch of the Patapsco River in Baltimore, Maryland. 

In particular, the wetlands will be designed to mitigate flooding in the South Baltimore residential neighborhoods often hardest hit. One goal is to ensure that residents are able to maintain access to the rest of the City and especially medical facilities at MedStar Harbor Hospital.

This initiative aligns with Reimagine Middle Branch, a redevelopment project to create waterfront parks, trails and natural amenities for South Baltimore residents.

To read more, visit this story from Baltimore Banner.

Now Hiring: Climate and Resilience Program Manager

Climate and Resilience Program Manager (City Planning Supervisor)

Salary Range: $80,743.00 – $129,075.00

Description: The Baltimore City Office of Sustainability is recruiting for a Climate and Resilience Program Manager (CRPM). We are looking for a passionate leader to help catalyze climate actions across Baltimore. The CRPM will oversee the implementation of the citywide Climate Action Plan (CAP), the city’s pathway to carbon neutrality, hazard mitigation planning, advance and track actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, climate mitigation and climate adaptation approaches. This role will also lead, advise and support climate-focused working groups (covering such topics as: buildings, climate, heat, flooding/infrastructure transportation and waste) under the administration’s Sustainability & Resiliency Subcabinet. The CRPM will execute strategies to further energy conservation efforts, renewable energy adoption and advance access to environmental amenities for climate vulnerable communities in collaborations with city agency staff. All applications must be submitted through this portal.

Please contact Ava Richardson ( with questions about this position. ***Application closes November 6th.***

Green Healthy Smart Challenge funds for schools now available!

The Green, Healthy, Smart Challenge supports 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 at all schools can apply for up to $1,000.

Teams at certified Maryland Green Schools can apply for up to $1,500.

Apply here by Oct 31, 2022

Support for the Green, Healthy, Smart Challenge is generously provided by BGE and Constellation, an Exelon company. Additional support is provided by the Baltimore Community FoundationBaltimore City Public Schools, and others.

Questions? Contact Abby Cocke at or 410-396-1670.

N-S Corridor Study Seeks Public Input!

The North-South Corridor Study is part of the Central Maryland Regional Transit Plan (RTP), a 25-year plan for improving public transportation in Central Maryland.

MDOT MTA, in partnership with Baltimore City and Baltimore County, has spent the last year identifying the range of options (also known as alternatives) that best serve existing and future transit demand between Towson and Downtown Baltimore. 

Click here to find out more about the overall Corridor Study process, including information about why this corridor study area was identified as a top priority by the RTP Commission.

We are now sharing what we've learned about seven potential alternatives in this North-South Corridor, and we need your ideas, comments, and questions to help MDOT MTA and its regional partners compare options.

Share your input by November 7!


Upcoming Commission Meetings.

10/13/22 & 11/3/22  - 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

10/27/22 - 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.

11/9/22 (Wednesday!) - 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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