Planning Practice Wednesday, October 3rd Edition

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Planning Assistance in Action

A Better Maryland Initiates Second Round of
Community Outreach

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Following a summer of analysis and collaboration with our partners, the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) is once again set to traverse the state’s communities and continue the dialogue about A Better Maryland, the new state development plan. The outpouring of community engagement during the first round of 72 listening sessions was exhilarating. Thousands of Marylanders contributed feedback at public meetings and online. We received over 1,700 comments ranging in topics from infrastructure to housing! You can find them on our What We’ve Heard page.

Two overarching topics stood out. Reviewing the comments and the survey responses, it became clear that the environment and economic development form the core of what Marylanders want a state development plan to address. Full Article

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An Integrated Look at Automated Vehicles

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Connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies are rapidly moving from research to reality. Many vehicles already have automated driving systems (ADS) designed to help save lives and prevent injuries, and this technology may lead soon to self-driving vehicles on the road.

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is preparing for these rapid changes in CAV technology by engaging with federal, state, and local organizations – and the private sector – to realize the life-saving benefits of CAV technology. MDOT recognizes the safety, mobility, and efficiency benefits of ADS, and is embracing opportunities of collaboration for research, testing and eventual deployment. Full Article

Don’t Forget!

The Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) Conference is this Month!

The MPCA conference will be held in Gaithersburg on October 25 and 26. This year’s theme is Citizen and Professional Planners: A Vital Partnership. The conference will include a session eligible for 1.5 AICP CM credits on Friday, October 26 from 2:30 – 4 pm. Registration is now open. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to strengthen the knowledge base of Maryland’s Citizen and Professional planners and enhance this Vital Partnership! Go to for more information.

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Maryland Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Draft 2040 MTP is out for Review

Planning’s sister agencies are engaging in statewide planning as well. MDOT’s draft 2040 long-range Maryland Transportation Plan is currently available for review, and MDOT is seeking comments through November 15.  Every five years, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) develops a 20-year mission for transportation in the state. The MTP outlines Maryland’s overarching transportation priorities and helps create a larger context for transportation decision-making. Maryland has an extensive statewide transportation network including state highways, toll facilities, state airports, regional airports, commuter bus routes, rail, local bus routes, light rail, metro subway, sidewalks, shared use paths, cargo facilities, and a cruise terminal. You can learn more about the effort, read the plan, and discover how to comment by visiting the 2040 Maryland Transportation Plan website. 

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

Governor's Grants Training Conference
October 29
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.


At the Planning Corner of Land-Use and Water: Texas Edition
Monday, October 15 @ 1 p.m.
AICP CM Approved 

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Training Around the State

Workshops and classes offered by state agencies or our partners.


2018 AICP Exam Prep Workshop
Saturday, October 13, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, College Park
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Grant Writing for Beginners/How to Find Grant Opportunities
Saturday, October 20, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Baltimore
For More Information

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Funding Opportunities

Federal, state and/or non-governmental funding.


FY19 Clean Energy Communities Low-to-Moderate Income Grant Program
Maryland Energy Administration - Deadline: October 26

2019 Kathleen A. P. Mathias Agriculture Energy Efficiency Program
Maryland Energy Administration - Deadline: November 16

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