Planning Practice Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Edition

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Resources and Tools

One Stop Shop for Forest Resource Planning Guidance

There is something that just feels different, more connected, and undeniably tangible about the woods. We take vacations and day trips to them, escape our daily aggravations along their trails, and happily get lost among trees that look similar, but are as distinct as every one of us. Those same unique trees do not survive and maintain their amazement without intentional planning. Forest resource planning is essential for protecting forest wildlife habitats, water quality in streams and estuaries, aquatic species and air quality. It also mitigates micro and macro climatic impacts and generates recreational and other opportunities for human interaction with nature.

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Planning Assistance in Action

Challenge Winners Shine at the Sustainable Growth Commission

Some of the most creative approaches to sustainability are not originating in local planning departments, state offices, or even the nonprofit world, but from Maryland’s students. On Monday, March 25, the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission (Commission) celebrated the excellent work of four groups of students in the award ceremony for the 2019 Sustainable Growth Challenge.

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Planning in Progress

New Transit Station Area Profile Tool

Planning recently developed the Transit Station Area Profile Tool. This versatile, searchable data source outlines and describes station area demographics, employment data, transit use, housing sales information and land use and development projects, as well as Transit Oriented Development (TOD) policies, programs and implementation efforts for each rail transit station in Maryland. More...

Salt Water Intrusion Planning

The Maryland Department of Planning, in consultation with DNR, MDE and MDA, (Chapter 628, Laws of Maryland 2018) is required to establish a plan to adapt to saltwater intrusion by December 15, 2019, and to update that plan at least once every five years thereafter. More...

Maryland Electric Vehicle Council – Maryland Department of Transportation

The Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council (EVIC) was established through legislation introduced in 2011 as part of a package of bills to promote electric vehicles (EVs). More...

Meet the Planning Staff

Victoria Olivier

Victoria Olivier joined Planning as the regional planner for Central Maryland in late January 2019. She provides local planning assistance and education coordination to Carroll, Harford, Howard, and Baltimore counties as well as Baltimore City and all incorporated municipalities.

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Continuing Education & Training

Best Practices in Solar Planning and Zoning

Make sure to check out this recent webinar!

Best Practices in Solar Planning and Zoning

As solar projects proliferate in agricultural areas, local governments are enacting development standards to ensure that solar farm development creates agricultural, environmental and water quality co-benefits.

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Upcoming Conferences and Seminars

Planning related conferences in Maryland and nearby states.


Congestion Ahead: Rerouting
Stevensville, MD
April 18
More Information and Registration
Sponsor: Eastern Shore Land Conservancy

Maryland ASLA - 2019 Awards Gala
Baltimore, MD
April 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.


New Federal Rules for Cell Towers Inside and Outside Rights of Way
Friday, April 19 @ 1:00 p.m.
AICP CM Approved 

From Mobile to Noble: The Future of Manufactured Home Communities in Virginia
Friday, April 19 @ 12:00 pm
AICP CM Approved

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Training Around the State

Workshops and classes offered by state agencies or our partners.


Writing a Winning Grant Proposal
Thursday, April 18, 6:15 to 7:45 p.m., Baltimore, MD
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Transit-Oriented Development -Morgan School of Architecture and Planning
Thursday, April 25, 6:00 to 9:00 pm, Baltimore, MD
Sponsor:Morgan School of Architecture and Planning
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Funding Opportunities

Federal, state and/or non-governmental funding.


African-American Heritage Preservation Program Grant Workshop - Baltimore County
Tuesday, April 16, 1:30 p.m.
Maryland Historical Trust 
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African-American Heritage Preservation Program Grant Workshop - Prince George's County 
Thursday, April 18, 1:30 p.m.
Maryland Historical Trust 
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