Planning Practice Monthly -- July 2020 Edition

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Friday, July 30, 2020

Planning Assistance in Action

Maryland 2020 Census Champions: Nominate Someone in Your Community!

Planning Assistance in Action

The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) launched its Census Champions program in early June. It recognizes members of the community who are going above and beyond working within their jurisdictions to spread awareness of the importance of participating in the 2020 Census. To date seventeen champions have been named!

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The Maryland Departments of Commerce and Planning Collaborate on Compatible Use

Compatible Land Use

The State of Maryland, influenced by its proximity to the nation’s capital, has a long military history and is fortunate to host 20 military facilities, including 12 major installations. These bases support the overall operations of the nation’s military and the Department of Defense (DoD).

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Women in Planning Series: Part IV

Sharon Suarez: Champion of Affordable Housing – the Heart of Great Planning

Sharon Suarez

Unfortunately for me, I have never met Sharon Suarez in person, and was unable to do so in preparing for this article...another modest example of the collateral damage that comes of living in times of a global pandemic. From a recent phone interview with her, however, I can say this with certainty: Sharon Suarez is – in the best possible sense of the phrase – a genuine force of nature! In discussing her nearly 30-year career as a certified planner, I came away in awe of her breadth of experience and, by all appearances, her inexhaustible fount of both inspiration and energy.

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In Case You Missed It!

Speaker Series at JPPM

In the spirit of our Women in Planning Series, we are pleased to share with you Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum’s recording of the 3rd virtual presentation in its 2020 speaker series, Gertrude Sawyer, A Woman Who Builds!

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Resources and Tools

New! Maryland Department of Planning Launches Housing Dashboard

Housing Dashboard

‘Dashboard’ has been trending as one of the top five government jargon terms for the past few years. Many have turned to this data visualization tool to make information more accessible, and to directly and spatially communicate the complicated analytics related to a particular topic. As part of its Housing Element Models and Guidelines (M&G), which we highlighted in last month’s Planning Practice Monthly, the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) jumped on the dashboard wagon with housing planning.

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Local Spotlight

Building on a History of Innovative Planning: Thrive Montgomery 2050

Montgomery County Wedges and Corrdors

An Interview with Khalid Afzal, Special Projects Manager, Montgomery County Planning Department

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) has always been known for its progressive and groundbreaking planning. With the development of the first general plan for Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, entitled On Wedges and Corridors, A General Plan for the Physical Development of the Maryland-Washington Regional District in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties published in 1964, the bi-county agency established itself at the forefront of contemporary comprehensive planning efforts.

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Planning in Progress

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

Area Businesses and MDOT Work Together to Support More Options for Commuters: We Want to Share Your Company’s Story!

MDOT Commuter Choice

In May’s edition of Planning Practice Monthly, we featured the Maryland Department of Transportation’s (MDOT’s) Commuter Choice Maryland program in an article describing how this transportation demand-management program promotes alternatives (both pre- and post-pandemic) to driving alone, including teleworking, biking, walking, public transportation, and ridesharing. All these options are important because they help Maryland reduce congestion, conserve energy, protect the environment and improve the quality of life of all Marylanders.

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A Whole Lot of Healthy Fun, Just Around the Corner

Walk Maryland

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), in partnership with the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning), and AARP will host the first ever WALKTOBER this fall. 

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MPCA Corner

Planning Commissioner Training Course Goes Digital

Digital PCTC

In a typical Maryland Summer, the Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA), in partnership with the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) conducts in person Planning Commissioner Training Courses at the Maryland Municipal League (MML) and Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Summer Conferences in Ocean City. This is anything but a typical summer. In response, the MPCA hosted a digital training session on July 21, with 108 people joining on Planning’s GoToWebinar Platform.

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Meet the Planning Staff

Keeve Brine

Keeve Brine

Keeve Brine joined the Maryland Department of Planning in October 2019 as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Planner in the Geospatial Data and Analysis Division. As a GIS Planner he primarily works with the Protected Lands GIS data, which he says is “exciting for me, as I love nature and am glad to be a part of its preservation in Maryland.”

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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.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this section is temporarily suspended 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.


Managing a Third-Party Property Manager During Covid-19
Wednesday, August 5 @ 12:00 p.m.

Using Flood Maps Live Webinar
Wednesday, August 12 @ 3:00 p.m.
AICP CM Approved 

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Training Around the State

Workshops and classes offered by state agencies or our partners.

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Funding Opportunities

Federal, state and/or non-governmental funding.


Outreach and Restoration Grant Program 
Chesapeake Bay Trust - Deadline: August 4

Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification Pilot Program 
U.S. Department of Housing and Community Development - Deadline: August 18

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