Planning Practice Monthly, November/December 2020 Edition

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Planning Practice MonthlyPlanning Square ImagesHappy Holidays 2020 from MDP

November/December Edition – Tuesday, December 15, 2020

In This Issue

Women in Planning: An Interview with Mary Means

Resources and Tools: Maryland's Affordable Housing Resource Database

Planning in Progress: Maryland’s Hazard Mitigation Plan Updated in 2021

Planning in Progress: Learn About Maryland’s COVID Business Response

Local Spotlight: New Decade Means New Comprehensive Plans

MPCA Corner: 2020 Virtual MPCA Conference Was a Huge Success

Conferences, Webinars, Training, and Funding

Women in Planning

Part VII: An Interview with Mary Means, Main Street Movement Pioneer

An Interview with Mary Means, Main Street Movement Pioneer

Not content to let the fabric of our town centers crumble unchecked, planner Mary Means began a response-turned-planning-movement (if not revolution) that has done a remarkable job in countering these forces through what has become known as the “Main Street Approach” to community revitalization.

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Resources and Tools

Maryland’s Affordable Housing Resource Database: A Brief Users’ Guide

Maryland’s Affordable Housing Resource Database: A Brief Users’ Guide

In every region of Maryland there is a great need for additional affordable housing and communities from across the state have sought out funding sources and assistance for new and proposed housing of all kinds and for every type of household. At Planning, we know that a mixture of housing densities, forms, and costs are what help keep a community vital, and allow it grow and succeed. We further understand that with more efficient tools, and easily accessible information, we can help communities make better use of time, energy, and resources to fulfill all levels of housing needs.

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Planning in Progress

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

Maryland’s State Hazard Mitigation Plan to be Updated in 2021

Maryland’s State Hazard Mitigation Plan to be Updated in 2021

Hazard mitigation is any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to life and property from hazard events. MEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Branch collaborates with governmental and non-governmental partners before, during, and after disaster events to identify, craft, and implement comprehensive hazard mitigation strategies. 

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Learn More About Maryland’s COVID-19 Business Response

Maryland’s COVID-19 Business Response

There are numerous resources, including financial assistance, still available for Maryland businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 global pandemic. However, it is important to be cognizant of upcoming deadlines. Please visit the Maryland Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Business webpage to learn more about these resources and how to apply for assistance.

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Local Spotlight

The New Decade Means New Comprehensive Plans

The New Decade Means New Comprehensive Plans

Many jurisdictions coordinate the development of new comprehensive plans with the arrival of decennial census data. Census data is a foundation of comprehensive planning, providing a snapshot of Maryland communities, outlining growth trends, and distinguishing key demographic indicators. In 2013, House Bill 409 increased the review period of a local jurisdiction’s comprehensive plan cycle to 10 years, instead of six years. Learn more about the 10-year cycle and when your jurisdiction’s review is due.  

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MPCA Corner

The 2020 Virtual MPCA Conference Was a Huge Success, but the Work for 2021 is Just Beginning

Danny Winborne

The Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA), like so many other organizations and hardworking Marylanders, had to adjust its routine in 2020 to meet the demand of the COVID-19 pandemic. The MPCA looks forward to the day that we can all once again meet in person to swap citizen planning insights, share good food, and network with our colleagues. However, this year the organization conducted its annual fall conference digitally in an all-day event on November 9, and thanks everyone who joined and contributed to an amazing experience!

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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.


Maryland Association of Counties 2020 Winter Web Series
December 17
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Taking Nature Black
February 23-27
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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.

PPM Webinar

Equity Planning
Thursday, December 17 @ 1 p.m.
AICP CM Pending 
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Become a Civic Engagement Champion
Friday, December 18 @ 1 pm
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Training Around the State

Workshops and classes offered by state agencies or our partners.

Warning Triangle

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

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Funding Opportunities

Federal, state and/or non-governmental funding.

PPM Funding

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Grants Gateway
MD Dept. of Natural Resources - Deadline: December 16
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FY21 Commercial, Industrial & Agricultural Grant Program 
Maryland Energy Administration - Deadline: January 21
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