Planning Practice Wednesday, May 29, 2019 Edition

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Resources and Tools

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Has Developed a Tool for Assessing the Value of Land Across the Maryland

DNR GreenPrint

Have you ever thought about, much less tried to assess, the economic benefits that open spaces and various types of natural ecosystems such as forests, wetlands and riparian zones have in non-development terms? How does one begin to quantify and put a price tag on carbon sequestration, flood mitigation, wildlife habitat or oxygen production? These are the questions that a powerful tool developed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) aims to answer. Read Full Article

MPCA Corner

Planning Commissioner Training Course at Maryland Municipal League Conference, June 23 in Ocean City

MCPA Training in Ocean City June 23

The Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) and Planning are hosting a free Planning Commissioner Training Course (PCTC) at the Maryland Municipal League Summer Conference in Ocean City on Sunday, June 23. Read Full Article


Planning in Progress

We will continue to provide updates about these exciting efforts as they develop in upcoming issues

2020 Decennial Census: It’s Important, Easy and Safe

2020 Decennial Census:  It’s Important, Easy and Safe

Article I, Section 2 of the United States Constitution states that "Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States ... according to their respective Numbers ... The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years.” With those words, the American system of government established the Census, a decennial (every ten years) counting and description of our population. The 1790 Census, our first, established a national population of 3,929,214. The most recent, in 2010, upped that figure to 308,700,000; a close to eight fold increase! To ensure we are planning for Maryland’s communities today and of tomorrow, everyone must get a full and accurate count in the 2020 census. Read Full Article

Commerce Subcabinet Recognizes Regional Resources

Commerce Subcabinet Recognizes Regional Resources

If the feedback received during the development of the new state development plan, A Better Maryland, taught us anything, it is that Marylanders desire a regional approach to planning. Maryland may be small in size, but it has large regional distinctions. The planning needs and objectives of Western Maryland differ from those along the I-95 corridor, and the community development goals of the Eastern Shore necessitate an approach unique from what one might find in Southern Maryland. These distinctions are one of Maryland’s greatest assets, and the Commerce Subcabinet recognizes and wants to maximize this strength. Read Full Article

A Central Depository for Local Planning in Maryland

A Central Depository for Local Planning in Maryland

The heart of planning beats locally.  Maryland is a Home Rule State, which means it entrusts local jurisdictions with land use planning authority to guide growth and development through the Land Use Article of the Maryland Annotated Code. Developing local technical assistance rather than regulation, listening as opposed to telling, Planning works with jurisdictions to achieve their own community development objectives.
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Meet the Planning Staff

Emem Udo-Inyang

Meet the Staff: Emem Udo-Inyang

Emem Udo-Inyang joined the Maryland Department of Planning in late 2018 as Outreach Coordinator for the Maryland 2020 Census effort. A native of Nigeria, Emem was born in Hong Kong and raised in Havana, Cuba. He received a bachelor’s degree from Cameron University in Oklahoma and a master’s in International Affairs from the University of Baltimore. Emem previously worked as a program coordinator at a Lutheran Social Services, a refugee settlement agency located in Hyattsville, Maryland, where he provided various services to both refugees and asylees who had been forced to flee their war-torn home countries. Read Full Article


Continuing Education & Training

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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 Municipal League Summer Conference
Ocean City Convention Center
June 23-26
More Information and Registration

Opportunity Zones Summit
Washington, DC
June 26, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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.

Smart Growth Online

Unlocking Opportunity Zones for Equitable Outcomes
Tuesday, June 4 @ 1 p.m.
AICP CM Approved 

Unplugged: The Paradigm of Aging-friendly Communities
Friday, June 21 @ 1 pm
AICP CM Pending

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Training Around the State

Workshops and classes offered by state agencies or our partners.

Training Around the State

2019 Excellence in Design Awards - Student Design Awards
Friday, May 31, Host AIA Maryland
For More Information

Agriculture – Plan It!
Friday, June 7, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Benedict, MD
Sponsor: APA Maryland Chapter
AICP CM Pending
For More Information

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Funding Opportunities

Federal, state and/or non-governmental funding.


Maryland Bikeways Program
Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT)
Deadline: June 14

Community Parks & Playgrounds Program Grants 
Maryland Departmen. of Natural Resources
Deadline: August 21

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