Planning Practice Monthly, December Edition

Bookmark and Share

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.

Planning Practice MonthlyPlanning Square Images

December 20, 2019

Planning Assistance in Action

The Maryland Volkswagen Mitigation Plan: $2.5 Million in Awards and More Opportunities to Come

VW Emissions

Whether or not we are Volkswagen owners, most of us will remember the VW emissions scandal – sometimes called “dieselgate” – that was revealed to the world a little more than four years ago. Fewer will be able to recall, however, what occurred once the publicity died down and the dust settled after the numerous lawsuits that followed. How big was this problem and what has been the impact on Maryland? Between 2009 and 2016, approximately 11 million VW diesel vehicles with defeat devices were sold worldwide, 500,000 of which were sold in the U.S., and approximately 16,000 were sold in Maryland. As a result, VW agreed to an unprecedented settlement of more than $2.7 billion with the U.S. Department of Justice via consent decree, with $75.7 million awarded to Maryland. Read Full Article...

Resources and Tools

Planning Maintains Maryland Property Maps

Property Map FINDER Online

Did you know that Planning is responsible for updating and maintaining Maryland’s more than 2,800 property maps? What exactly does this mean and where can you access them? In the mid-1990s, Planning took over this function from the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT), starting the long transition of converting tax assessment maps from ink-on-mylar to AutoCAD and ultimately to Esri ArcMap GIS mapping.
Read Full Article...

MHT in the News

Celebrating a New Sanctuary

Mallows Bay  - Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary

On the frosty morning of November 9, Governor Larry Hogan, Maryland Department of Planning Secretary Robert McCord, Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, Charles County Commission President Reuben Collins II, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Under Secretary of Commerce Dr. Neil Jacobs, and NOAA Rear-Admiral Tim Gallaudet were joined by about 400 representatives of organizations and agencies, as well as individuals and community supporters, to formally recognize the establishment of the Mallows Bay - Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary. The sanctuary, officially established September 3, 2019, is the first in almost 20 years, the first in Maryland, and the first in a riverine environment. Read Full Article...

Planning in Progress

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

Maryland to Publish First Saltwater Intrusion and Salinization Plan

Marylan's Plan to Adapt to Saltwater Intrusion and Salinization

This article is a follow up to our original April 10, 2019 article. In 2018, the Maryland General Assembly tasked Planning to “establish a plan to adapt to saltwater intrusion,” in consultation with the Maryland Departments of Natural Resources, Environment, and Agriculture, by Dec. 15, 2019, and to update the plan at least once every five years (Chapter 628, Laws of Maryland 2018). Read Full Article...

The Sustainable Growth Commission Welcomes Student Submissions for 2020 Sustainable Growth Challenge (Due January 17!)

Sustainable Growth Challenge Trophies

The Commission encourages all students attending a Maryland college or university, along with their professors, to submit projects for the Challenge. Although submissions must represent student-driven work. Students will be invited to present their work to the Commission’s Education workgroup in Crownsville, MD on Thursday, Feb,13, 2020. Every student who worked on a project does not need to attend , but at least one student must present to the workgroup. Read Full Article...

MPCA Corner

Save the Date! Maryland Planning Commissioners Regional Workshop in Salisbury on February 18

MPCA Workshop in Salisbury

Read Full Article for All the Details...

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.


2020 NACo Legislative Conference
Washington, D.C.
February 29 - March 4
More Information and Registration

Water, Planning, and Health: Study Across Disciplines
Baltimore, MD
April 17
For More Information

Click for more on Conferences


Listed webinars are typically free or low cost and cover a wide range of planning related issues. Many include CM credits.


Home for the Holidays, Except when you have no Place to call Home
Friday, December 20 @ 1 p.m.

Identifying Resilient Coastal Sites along the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Coasts: Question and Approach
Wednesday, January 8 @ 9 am
AICP CM Approved

Click for more on Webinars

Training Around the State

Workshops and classes offered by state agencies or our partners.

Grant Writing Workshop

Transit Choices Meeting
Thursday, December 26, 8 to 9:30 am, Baltimore, MD
For More Information

The Comprehensive Nonprofit Development & Grant Writing Workshop
Saturday, January 18, 8 am to 4 pm, Temple Hills, MD
For More Information

Click for more on Trainings

Funding Opportunities

Federal, state and/or non-governmental funding.

Power Grant Program

Combined Heat and Power Grant Program
Maryland Energy Administration - Deadline: February 12

Heritage Fund Grants 
Preservation Maryland - Deadline: March 20

Click for more on Funding Opportunities