Meet the Staff: David Buck

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David Buck worked for the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) for the past 27 years prior to his arrival at the Department of Planning as the Director of Communications.  He was previously MDOT Deputy Director of Communications for one year and Media Relations Manager at the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA), from 2002 to 2016.  He was a Public Information Officer at SHA prior to 2002.   His new responsibilities at Planning include coordination and response to media inquiries, community outreach, marketing, speech writing, event planning, and coordination with the Governor’s Press office.

Mr. Buck began his career at SHA in 1990 as the first operator at SHA’s Baltimore area traffic operations center.  In that capacity, he coordinated information provided to the public regarding road conditions in the Baltimore area.  The growth and success of the first operation centers in the Baltimore Washington area ultimately led to the high-tech Statewide Operations Center, located near BWI.

He is a graduate of Towson University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Public Relations.  He currently resides in Catonsville with his wife Lynda, their seventeen-year-old daughter Alicia, thirteen-year-old son Kevin and dog Bruno.

2018 is a Significant Year for Statewide Planning

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Planning Assistance in Action

The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) isn’t the only state agency engaged in a statewide planning effort. In addition to the Maryland Department of Transportation’s 2040 Maryland Transportation Plan, the Maryland Department of Commerce’s (Commerce) Office of Military and Federal Affairs (OMFA) is also conducting a Statewide Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) that will include a survey as a part of an outreach effort to get the feedback of the local communities and installations and state agency reps. A JLUS is a cooperative planning effort between active military installations and their surrounding local and state jurisdictions and other affected stakeholders. The Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment oversees and funds the larger program, designed as a tool promoting compatible land use and base activity.

With 20 active military facilities in Maryland, cooperation is important to ensure the continued operational success of these economically vital institutions. Specifically, the project’s purpose is to discover what kind of technical assistance Maryland’s counties and municipalities need to promote compatible community development with bases. The JLUS will also examine potential regional strategies supporting the long-term sustainability of military operations. For example, one goal is to ensure planes landing and departing from military bases do not impact local quality of life; or conversely, that local plans and projects do not negatively impact the day to day work of a base.

A JLUS seeks compatibility, looking at factors such as:

  • Air Quality
  • Cultural Resources
  • Housing Availability
  • Noise
  • Light and Glare
  • Vibration

Planning staff are assisting the JLUS project team in this endeavor. Regional Planners for the Upper Eastern Shore and Southern Maryland, two areas of the state with multiple military installations, serve on the interagency workgroup and collaborate in regular conference calls. They also assisted with the development of an interview letter engaging key stakeholders and the drafting of a survey, found here. The project consultant presented the JLUS effort at the Maryland Planning Commissioners Association Conference in November; you can view the presentation from that session on the conference webpage.

This study does not supersede any local planning or zoning authority. Rather, it aims to develop a strategy that local, state, and federal partners can mutually apply to achieve shared objectives.  This project will expand upon previous JLUS efforts at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Joint Base Andrews, Naval Support Facility (NSF) Indian Head, Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, and Blossom Point Research Facility. These JLUS studies can be found here. OMFA has contracted this project with Matrix Design Group – a firm that has conducted more than 45 JLUS studies and 12 Implementation projects across the country.

If you would like to be involved in providing feedback on cooperative planning in your area, please contact the JLUS Grants Program Manager, Ms. Jennifer White, at jenniferm.white@maryland.gov, at (410) 767-6445, Matrix Design Group Project Manager, Mike Hrapla, at (443) 995-1295, or Matrix Survey Manager David Wilder at (443) 274-6098.

Get Involved, Attend A Better Maryland Listening Sessions

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Word cloud in response to the question “What is your community’s greatest strength?” Wicomico listening session

Make sure to express your voice on A Better Maryland when the project team comes to your county. Planning meets with local staff and officials during the day, but the pinnacle of our visits are the evening community listening sessions. Thus far, the public has come prepared. Below are a few of the themes we have been hearing. More

Meet the Planning Staff: Chuck Boyd

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Chuck Boyd is the Director of Planning Coordination for the Maryland Department of Planning. He is responsible for preparing and implementing major policy and management initiatives related to local assistance, environmental planning, and infrastructure policy planning. Tasked with a wide range of assignments, he works with staff from the department, other State agencies, local officials, stakeholders, and the public. More

Reblog: A Better Maryland Kicks off with Listening Sessions in Garrett County

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Planning Assistance in Action

Outreach for A Better Maryland kicked off with enthusiasm in Garrett County on Monday, November 6. Special Secretary of Smart Growth Wendi Peters, Acting Secretary of the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) Rob McCord, Assistant Secretary of Planning Services Pat Keller, and Director of Planning Coordination Chuck Boyd, who is also the Project Manager for A Better Maryland, visited local county and municipal community leaders in the county government offices in Oakland and at Garrett College. Visit A Better Maryland blog for full article… More

Interview with Jamie Williams: Economic Development Coordinator for Kent County

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Local Spotlight

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Jamie Williams

Chestertown, founded in 1706, is the county seat of Kent. The Town flourished in the 18th century, serving as a major port for both exporting Maryland’s agricultural products and importing exotic wares from the West Indies and Europe. In an age when overland travel proved difficult and dangerous, Kent County served as a popular stopping point for people navigating between Philadelphia and Virginia via waterways. While Chestertown’s economy stagnated slightly following the revolution, by the 19th century, the construction of the still standing courthouse and the arrival of a railroad line signaled a new era; the population doubling by 1900. More

Join the Maryland Department of Planning in Developing A Better Maryland

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Planning Assistance in Action

The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) wants to hear from you about the new State Development Plan, A Better Maryland. When we say “you,” we mean “you.” In a series of 24 Listening Session events (local staff, elected officials, and the public) in every Maryland County and Baltimore City over the winter and early spring of 2017-18, Planning will be coming to your area. We encourage everyone interested in fostering good planning, enhancing our quality of life, ensuring responsible growth, and protecting our resources to join us for a statewide dialogue. More

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