Planning Practice Wednesday, November 21st Edition

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Planning Assistance in Action

WalkWicomico Puts Planning on its Feet


Bipedalism (the ability to walk on two feet) is a core, if not the core, human characteristic. It allowed us to carry supplies and loved ones, and honed our hunting abilities. Millenia of community construction unfolded along the path of our feet, and this influence persists. Walkability is a common term in a planner’s vocabulary, an oft-cited goal in comprehensive plans, and a physical aspect of our communities attracting local families and tourists to Maryland’s streamside paths and main streets. We are comfortable addressing walkability objectives using design, land use, and infrastructure. 

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Thank You

A Better Maryland

The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) would like to thank everyone who has attended one of our community meetings as part of the second round of outreach for A Better Maryland. We are excited to see a few of the same faces from the first round, but even more excited to see new people join the conversation. 

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MPCA Corner

The Maryland Planning Commissioners Association warmly thanks everyone who attended and contributed to its 35th annual conference in Gaithersburg on October 25 and 26, with a special appreciation for the hard work of the City of Gaithersburg, Mayor Jud Ashman, and the City’s exceptional staff! The MPCA has never felt so welcomed. 

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News from our Sister Agencies and Partner Organizations

Maryland Department of Transportation - Maryland Commuter Program Helps Businesses Save Money by Easing Employee Travel

Maryland commuters spend an average of 30 minutes sitting in traffic traveling to and from work – resulting in diminished productivity, extreme frustration, and lost time. To mitigate traffic congestion and support the mobility, health and wealth of its community, environment, and business partners, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) has launched Commuter Choice Maryland.

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Maryland Association of Counties - Solar Siting Preemption Case Now Precedent

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has now released a precedent-setting opinion, Board of County Commissioners of Washington County v. Perennial Solar, LLC, which holds that the state can preempt local zoning when granting approval for the siting of a large scale solar project.

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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.


Bisnow Multifamily Annual Conference East
Washington, DC
November 28
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Charting the Course: MACo Winter Conference
Cambridge, MD
January 2-5, 2019
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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.


How to Make Your Small Town Autonomous Vehicle Friendly
Monday, November 26 @ 12 p.m.
AICP CM Approved 

Learn How Business Commuter Benefits Can Save You Money
Thursday, December 6 @ 9:30 a.m.

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Training Around the State

Workshops and classes offered by state agencies or our partners.


Regional Updates on Energy Efficiency and Affordable Housing
Thursday, December 6, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Washington, DC
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Agricultural Conservation Leasing Workshop Mid-Shore
Tuesday, January 8, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Funding Opportunities

Federal, state and/or non-governmental funding.


MHT Capital Grant Workshops
Maryland Historical Trust - Grant Deadline: March 22
Workshops November 28 and 30; December 7 and 12
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Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants
Department of Natural Resources - Deadline: December 18

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