Planning Practice Wednesday, June 26, 2019 Edition

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Resources and Tools

Planning Launches a New Online Tool to Support TOD Efforts Across Maryland: Part I

Transit Station

On July 1, 2019, The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) is announcing the official launch of an exciting new online tool designed to both assist professionals in the planning process around transit stations – transportation “nodes” or “activity centers” in industry lingo – as well as to take some of the guesswork out of development trends spurred by these planning efforts for groups such as real estate agents, developers, investors, and even prospective homebuyers. Read Full Article

Planning Assistance in Action

Maryland Hosts 48th Annual Archeology Field Session

Assistance in Action

Have you ever dreamed what it might be like to join in on an archeological dig? The idea evokes images of Indiana Jones, Egyptian treasure, large rolling boulders and…snakes, right? But one doesn’t have to travel very far to have an authentic brush (pun intended) with an active dig and the chance to help unearth some astonishing artifacts. Hopefully, sans snakes. Read Full Article

MPCA Corner

MPCA Guidance on Short Term Rentals

Waterfront Property Talbot County Maryland

The regional dialogue at the Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) March 29 Regional Workshop in Hagerstown highlighted the desire of citizen planners for networking and information sharing. When you can discuss shared concerns and approaches, your uncertainty begins to lift and your confidence raises. One particularly thorny issue noted by participants was short term rentals. Read Full Article


MPCA Adds A New Member to Its Team

Accessory Dwelling Unit

The MPCA would like to welcome Sarah Lipkin Sularz to the Maryland Department of Planning (see Meet the Staff article below). We are excited that she will be working with the organization.
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Registration Open for the July 19 MPCA Regional Workshop in Annapolis

MPCA Regional Workshop

Check out the video below, filmed at the MPCA Regional Workshop in Hagerstown on March 29, and don’t forget to register for the upcoming workshop in Annapolis!




2020 Growth Awards

Nominations Now Being Accepted for Eighth Annual Awards

All five awardees of the seventh annual Maryland Sustainable Growth Awards

The 2020 Maryland Sustainable Growth Awards recognize individuals, organizations, agencies, and projects in three categories: Leadership and Service; Sustainable Communities, and Preservation/ Conservation. For information and to submit a nomination, go to the Growth Awards page.

Planning in Progress

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

Planning is Developing a New Online Resource Called the Land Preservation Dashboard

Land Preservation Dashboard

The Land Preservation Dashboard is designed to provide users with a clear understanding of how Maryland is meeting its agricultural and environmental land preservation goals. The categories displayed in the dashboard represent various federal, state, local, and private land preservation programs. Read Full Article


Maryland Connected and Automated Vehicle Working Group Update

Autonomous Vehicle

In our October issue of Planning Practice Wednesday, we highlighted the rapid progress of Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) technologies occurring in Maryland and across the country, and how the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) was gearing up for the inevitable changes driverless vehicles will bring. We promised to bring you updates. Read Full Article

Meet the Planning Staff

Sarah Lipkin Sularz

Sara Lipkin Sularz

Sarah Lipkin Sularz joined the Maryland Department of Planning in February 2019 as a Regional Planner for Southern Maryland. Sarah Studied landscape architecture at the University of Minnesota and is currently en route to obtaining her professional license. Read More About Sarah


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.


Baltimore Data Day
Baltimore. MD
July 12
More Information and Registration
Sponsored by Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance

TUgis 2019: Maryland’s Geospatial Conference
Towson, MD
August 7-8
For More Information and Registration
Sponsored by Towson University

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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.


The Curbside in the Modern Multimodal City, Where Literally Everything Comes Together
Friday, June 28 @ 1 p.m.
For More Information

Creating Safe Environments--Integrating Planning, Design & Physical Security
Friday, July 12 @ 1 pm
For More Information

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Training Around the State

Workshops and classes offered by state agencies or our partners.


Examining Infrastructure Featuring Elaine Chao
Wednesday, June 26, Washington, D.C.
Sponsor: The Washington Examiner
For More Information

Maryland Planning Commissioners Association Regional Workshop: Annapolis
Friday, July 19, Annapolis, MD
Sponsor: MPCA
For More Information

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Funding Opportunities

Federal, state and/or non-governmental funding.


HOPE VI Main Street Grant Program
US Department of Housing and Community Development
Deadline: July 30
For More Information

Community Parks & Playgrounds Program Grants 
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Deadline: August 21
For More Information

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