Planning Practice Wednesday, August 29th Edition

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Planning Assistance in Action

Note from the Special Secretary of Smart Growth, Wendi Peters

One year ago, at the Maryland Association of Counties summer conference, Governor Hogan signed an Executive Order directing the Department of Planning to work together with local governments, state agencies, Maryland residents and other stakeholders on a 21st century plan moving Maryland forward – growing responsibly and protecting our resources.

We conducted a series of three listening sessions in every county and Baltimore City: one with Planning and Economic Development staff, one with elected officials, and an open public session. In many instances, we used the time between the sessions to have our regional planners conduct tours of projects and areas that are of particular importance to the local governments.. Full Article...


Special Secretary Wendi Peters

Resources and Tools

The Maryland Planning Commissioners Association Conference is Coming to Gaithersburg this Fall

Being a Planning Commissioner or a member of a Board of Zoning Appeals is a tough job. Individuals dedicated to their communities, with full time jobs, are thrust into positions in which they make very important and difficult decisions guiding the future of growth, economic development, land preservation, and transportation in Maryland. Where is one to go to seek training and guidance on addressing these decisions? A great place to start is the Maryland Planning Commissioners Association's 2018 annual conference in Gaithersburg on October 25 and 26. The theme for this year is Citizen and Professional Planners: A Vital Partnership. Full Article...

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Planning a Safe Drive Every Time

Planning joins MDOT in asking its employees and subscribers to take the Pledge to drive safely

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced the launch of its Statewide Traffic Safety Pledge, which encourages drivers, riders and passengers to take a stand and commit to safer roadway habits in an effort to drastically reduce and/or eliminate roadway fatalities. The pledge began as an internal initiative at MDOT to get employees to set the example, and is now available for all Marylanders. Full Article...

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Meet the Planning Staff

Louie Kiskowski

William “Louie” Kiskowski is a newish Planner IV in the Data and Projections unit. His main duty is to analyze data releases and develop reports for the department and outside agencies to rely on. Learn more about Louie...

Louie Kiskowski

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 Planning Commissioners Association Annual Conference
Holiday Inn, Gaithersburg
October 25-26
More Information and Registration

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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.


Economic Profiles and Assessments; what you will learn about your community and what others may learn about you
Wednesday, October 17 @ 12 p.m.
AICP CM Approved 

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Training Around the State

Workshops and classes offered by state agencies or our partners.

Training Around the State

2018 Maryland Woodland Stewards Workshop
Thursday, October 4, 5:30 pm, Sharpsburg, MD
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Funding Opportunities

Federal, state and/or non-governmental funding.

Funding Opportunities

Heritage Fund Grants
Preservation Maryland - Deadline: September 14

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