Planning Practice Wednesday, February 27th Edition

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Planning Assistance in Action

Responding to your feedback, providing technical assistance for economic development and environmental priorities

Planning Assistance in Action

Over the last 18 months, the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) with the Office of Smart Growth (Smart Growth) conducted over 84 meetings/listening sessions across the state on the new state development plan, A Better Maryland. One of the resounding themes was the need for technical assistance for smaller jurisdictions to help with economic development and environmental priorities. In an immediate response to address this need, Smart Growth and Planning collaborated with the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) in the summer of 2018 to secure a $50,000 grant for The University of Maryland’s (UMD) Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS) to expand its services for Maryland’s communities. 

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Bel Air Armory: A Main Street Asset

Bel Air Armory Exterior

Over the past century and a half, the Maryland Army National Guard (Guard) constructed masonry armory buildings throughout the state, many with a striking castle-like resemblance. The purpose of these structures varied, but they generally provided space for training, administration, assembly, and other support services for the Guard. Many of these structures still stand. Jurisdictions have successfully adapted them to new uses – One reuse success story is found in Harford County’s Bel Air community.

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MPCA Corner

Maryland Planning Commissioners Association Launches Regional Workshop Program in Hagerstown on March 29


Participants in the Maryland Planning Commissioners Association’s (MPCA) summer ’17 outreach project expressed a strong desire for regional collaboration and enhanced opportunities for communication and peer to peer learning. The MPCA heard its membership and included the development of regional collaboration in its strategic plan, finalized in January 2019. 

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Meet the Planning Staff

Kanishk Sharma

Kanishk Sharma

Kanishk Sharma joined the Maryland Department of Planning as the Director of Planning Data and Research in January 2019. Kanishk has extensive senior management experience in the private and government sectors. Previously, he has worked for large multinational corporations...

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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.


New Mobility Transportation Forum
Baltimore, MD
March 13
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NatureCity Forum: Building Community through Green Infrastructure
Wheaton, MD
March 26
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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.


Women in Planning: The Road to FAICP
Friday, March 1 @ 1:00 p.m.

Equitable Public Engagement: Participatory Budgeting for Transportation Funds
Friday, March 8 @ 1:00 a.m.

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Training Around the State

Workshops and classes offered by state agencies or our partners.


Greater DC State of Senior Housing
Wednesday, March 27, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Sponsor: Bisnow
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Writing a Winning Grant Proposal
Thursday, April 18, 6:15 to 7:45 p.m.
Sponsor: Enoch Pratt Free Library
Baltimore, MD
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Funding Opportunities

Federal, state and/or non-governmental funding.


Western Maryland MDOT Grants Open House
Maryland Department of Transportation
Workshop March 6, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Lavale, MD
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Heritage Fund Grants
Preservation Maryland - Deadline: March 15
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