Planning Practice Monthly, January 2020 Edition (Correction)

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January 30, 2020

Planning Assistance in Action

A Natural Partnership: The Maryland Department of Planning and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)

Planning Assistance in Action

Did you know that the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) plays an important role in supporting the economies, environment, and vitality of the Appalachian Region? In addition to their departmental duties, Planning staff in the department’s Western Maryland office have also functioned as the Maryland State Program Managers of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for decades. In late 2019, David Cotton, Planning’s Director of the Western Maryland Regional Office, located in the city of Cumberland, was appointed as Maryland’s newest ARC Program Manager (see the Meet the Planning Staff article, also in this edition of Planning Practice Monthly). 
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Resources and Tools

NEW! “Low Response Dashboard” – Predicted Areas of Low Response, Census 2020

Resources and Tools

The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) serves as the liaison to the United States Census Bureau for the upcoming Maryland Census 2020. Planning’s goal is to make sure every person in Maryland is counted. This is the most important count for our future. All of the Planning offices throughout the state are involved in helping to get everyone counted and we are most grateful for their efforts. Read Full Article...

NEW! Collaborative, Multi-Agency Transit-Oriented Development Web Page Launched in January

Resources and Tools

Understanding that Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) is a multidisciplinary, deliberative approach to incorporating principles of smart growth into new and/or redevelopment projects, it only makes sense to bring together key state agencies to create a single go-to TOD site. A new webpage has been created via a partnership among four Maryland agencies: the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning), the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), and the Maryland department of Commerce (Commerce). These agencies have collaborated to provide links to many of their individual and collective geospatial resources and tools in one location. Read Full Article...

Planning in Progress

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

Governor Announces $7.4 Million in Funding for Maryland Bikeways; Grant Workshops to be Held in February, March


Governor Larry Hogan recently announced that $7.6 million ($3.8 million per year for each of the next two years) will be available for the Bikeways Program, a state initiative that provides funding for bikeways across Maryland. Administered by the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), the program has funded 110 completed projects since its launch in 2011. Read Full Article...

MPCA Corner

Save the Date! Maryland Planning Commissioners Regional Workshop in Salisbury on February 21

MPCA Feb. 21 Workshop

In the December edition of Planning Practice Monthly, we asked readers to save the date for a Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) regional workshop in Salisbury on February 21. You’ll be glad you did, because the event is shaping up to be an excellent opportunity for regional collaboration, citizen planner education, and networking! The MPCA is partnering with the City of Salisbury and the Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Salisbury University (PACE) for a full day (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) of engaging and informative sessions. Read Full Article...

Meet the Planning Staff

David Cotton

David Cotton

David Cotton may not be new to Planning, but we are pleased to feature him in this month’s Planning Practice newsletter as a means to celebrate his many accomplishments. Having served as regional planner for the past 20 years, Dave became Director of the Western Maryland regional office in October. Most recently, Dave stepped into an exciting new role as State Program Manager for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). Established by an act of Congress in 1965, ARC is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government (See the related article on the ARC). Read Full Article...

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
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Integrating Technical Assistance with Policy Action: A focus on state-based carbon monitoring systems
College Park, MD
March 12 - 13
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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 Draft Greenhouse Emissions Gas Reduction Act (GGRA) Plan Webinar
Wednesday, February 12 @ 12:00 p.m.
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Sea Level Rise 101: How to Select and Use Sea Level Rise Data for Planning and Policy Decisions
Friday, February 28 @ 1:00 p.m.
AICP CM Pending
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Training Around the State

Workshops and classes offered by state agencies or our partners.


Grant Writing Class
Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
Monday, February 3, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC
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Certified Clean Marina Environmental Seminars
MD Department of Natural Resources
Wednesday, February 5, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
Abingdon, Annapolis, and Cambridge, MD
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Funding Opportunities

Federal, state and/or non-governmental funding.


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

Heritage Fund Grants 
Preservation Maryland - Deadline: March 20
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