Planning Practice Monthly, April 4, 2023

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Tuesday, April 4, 2023

In This Issue

Resources and Tools

Planning in Progress

From our Partners

MPCA Corner

Conferences, Webinars, Training, and Funding

Resources and Tools

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

Local Government Annual Reporting Requirements and Updated Templates

Local Government Annual Reports

MDP’s March 4, 2020, Planning Practice Monthly covered the annual reporting process for local governments, as did the Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) during its 2021 annual conference with a session titled The Benefits of Annual Reporting.

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Planning in Progress

Affordable Housing in Transit Oriented Development

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Addressing affordable housing requires comprehensive strategies that invest in communities and support housing policies and programs at all levels. It also requires coordinated efforts between government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and the private sector.

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Maryland Department of Planning Partners with Mid-Atlantic Jurisdictions on Compatible Use Webinar-Volume 2


Continuing MDP’s participation in the Mid-Atlantic Planning Collaboration and as an extension of our Military and Community Compatibility website, MDP has scheduled a second compatible use planning in the Mid-Atlantic region webinar on April 6, 2023, from noon to 1:30 pm. MDP hosted the first webinar, partnering with Maryland and Virginia planners and military installations, in August 2021


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From our Partners

Commuter Choice Maryland Offers Free Support and Incentives for Return-to-Workplace Strategies

Commuter Choice-Employer Partners

As workplace commuting patterns continue to evolve, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) wants to remind employers about free assistance and incentives through its Commuter Choice Maryland program, which may help with return-to-workplace strategies.

The landscape of commuting options has changed drastically over the last three years, in large part due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although working from home continues to be a popular option, whether on a full-time basis or as part of a hybrid work plan, commuters have started returning to public transit and the roadways to get to work.

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The Maryland Department of Transportation is Updating the 2050 Maryland Transportation Plan & 2050 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan

2050 MTP

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is updating the 2050 Maryland Transportation Plan (2050 MTP), Maryland’s long-range transportation plan, guiding the state’s transportation investments. The MTP was last updated January 2019 and to meet both federal and state requirements, must be updated by January 2024.

The plan update includes a review and assessment of existing MDOT modal plans, metropolitan planning organization plans, peer state plans, federal priorities, Maryland state priorities, and public input from the recent MDOT surveys on transportation priorities. The draft vision, guiding principles, and goals will be modified and adapted through the plan process over the next 6-10 months with useful feedback from our stakeholders, Maryland’s residents, and visitors. We thank everyone who provided input.

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Please Help Marylanders Replace Their Stolen EBT Benefits

EBT Recovery

Rafael López, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS), is asking for help getting the word out about a new plan for replacing stolen Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) food and cash benefits. More than 2,300 Marylanders have experienced stolen Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits through fraud since October 1, 2022.

DHS went live with a new simple, seamless, and swift reimbursement plan for replacing stolen EBT food and cash benefits. Maryland was the first state in the nation to submit and have its plan approved using federal funds to replace stolen SNAP benefits. Maryland is going a step further and is using state funds to replace stolen Temporary Cash Assistance and Temporary Disability Assistance benefits.

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MPCA Corner

MPCA Adds New Peer Leaders

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As a follow up to last month’s launching of the Peer Leadership Network, the Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) is excited to introduce three new peer leaders - Bill Butts, Kathleen Seay, and Michael Pellegrino.


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MPCA 39th Annual Conference Session Recordings Now Available

39th Annual-MPCA

For its 39th Annual Conference, hosted in Frederick in October 2022, the Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) hired a videographer to produce a series of high-quality recordings of the conference. They were recently posted on MPCA’s conference webpage, which includes presentation documents. If you were not able to join the MPCA last fall, or just want to go back and watch the videos as a refresher, please check out the recordings!

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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.


2023 MEDA Annual Conference
Cambridge, MD
April 23 - 25 
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DMV Affordable Housing Summit
May 4 
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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.


County Leaders Championing Justice Efforts in Local Communities
Wednesday, April 5 @  2 p.m.
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Ending the PHE: Implications for Counties
Tuesday, April 11 @ 3 p.m. 
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Training Around the State

Workshops and classes offered by state agencies or our partners.

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Flood Us With Your Questions Virtual Open House
Thursday, April 6 @ 7 p.m.
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Proposed National Wildlife Refuge in Southern Maryland - Listening Session and Public Comment Period
Tueday, April 18 @ 7 p.m.
Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, MD
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Funding Opportunities

Federal, state and/or non-governmental funding.

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Clean Air Act Grants Under the Inflation Reduction Act
Environmental Protection Agency
Deadline: April 17
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Safeguarding Tomorrow Revolving Loan Fund Program
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Deadline: April 28
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