October 25, 2017 Issue of Planning Practice Wednesday

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Planning Assistance in Action

Join the Maryland Department of Planning in Developing
A Better Maryland

The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) wants to hear from you about the new State Development Plan, A Better Maryland. When we say “you”, we mean “you”. In a series of 24 Listening Session events (local staff, elected officials, and the public) in every Maryland County and Baltimore City over the winter and early spring of 2017-18, Planning will be coming to your area. We encourage everyone interested in fostering good planning, enhancing our quality of life, ensuring responsible growth, and protecting our resources to join us for a statewide dialogue...

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public engagement

Approaching Soon

Maryland Planning Commissioners Association 2017 Annual Conference

Don’t forget to register for the Maryland Planning Commissioner’s Association Conference at the Tidewater Inn in Easton on November 2 and 3! The agenda includes exciting speakers and engaging sessions on the following topics:

  • The Annexation Process
  • Sign Ordinances
  • Making Sense of State Planning
  • The Comprehensive Plan and You
  • Solar and Wind Energy Planning
  • Governor's Cabinet Secretary's Roundtable

 Also, mandated Open Meetings Act Training and the Planning Commissioners Training Course are scheduled and available on November 2. 

Don’t miss out, register here

MPCA conference

Meet the Staff

Rob McCord

Rob McCord is the new, Acting Secretary for the Maryland Department of Planning. As Secretary, Rob provides comprehensive leadership of the Department’s mission, objectives, and initiatives.

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Pat Keller

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Pat Keller is the Maryland Department of Planning’s Assistant Secretary for Planning Services. The Assistant Secretary works with Planning's Local Assistance, Resource Conservation and Management, Infrastructure development, Data Analysis, Property Mapping, and State Data Center...

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Continuing Education & Training

In each newsletter, we highlight the most relevant and timely upcoming events. Our website does include many additional events, so please visit it regularly for updates. Listings are searchable by subject.


Upcoming Conferences and Seminars

Planning related conferences in Maryland and nearby states.


Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition 2017 Annual Meeting
November 6
More Information and Registration

Governor's Grants Office Training Conference
September 24-26
For More Information

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Listed webinars are typically free or low cost and cover a wide range of planning related issues. Many include CM credits.


Nurturing your Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
Friday, October 27 @ 1 p.m.
AICP CM Approved 

Using Health Impact Assessment to Improve Our Communities
Wednesday, November 1 @ 1 pm
AICP CM Approved

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Training Around the State

Workshops and classes offered by state agencies or our partners.


Open Meetings Act Training
Thursday, November 2, 1 pm, Easton
For More Information

Grant Management Class (Two Days)
November 7 & 8, Washington, DC
For More Information

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Funding Opportunities

Federal, state and/or non-governmental funding.


FY 18 Guidelines for Brownfields Assessment Grants
Environmental Protection Agency - Deadline: November 16

Community Grant Program 
Walmart - Deadline: December 31

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