Maryland’s Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Working Group: Celebrating 2022 Accomplishments, Looking Forward to 2023

Planning in Progress

by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner

Figure 1 – Illustration of street scene showing a variety of CAV technologies in action. Courtesy CAV Working Group.

2022 has marked an exciting year of progress for the Maryland Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAV) Working Group.

The Working Group is made up of more than 500 state government, local government, industry, and non-profit stakeholders, including institutions of higher learning, dedicated to addressing the opportunities and challenges of integrating CAV technologies into the fabric of Maryland’s mobility systems.

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Maryland State Data Center Releases 2017-2021 ACS Data Profiles for Maryland and the Nation

Planning in Progress

A division of the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning), the Maryland State Data Center (MSDC) is the state’s primary liaison with the Census Bureau.

MSDC provides Maryland residents, businesses, and local governments with demographic and socioeconomic statistics. It also produces the state’s official population and household projections and develops school enrollment forecasts.

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Statewide Forest and Tree Study Can Help with Local Planning Decisions

From Our Partners

by Josh Bollinger, Communications Coordinator, The Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology with Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner

Figure 1 – Aerial view of forest and riparian area. Courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Program.

A new study released in November by the University of Maryland Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology is the most comprehensive study of Maryland’s forest cover and tree canopy ever completed.

The study, entitled The Technical Study on Changes in Forest Cover and Tree Canopy in Maryland (or the Maryland Forest Technical Study), contains both statewide and regional information that can provide crucial input for local governments looking at tree- or forest-related policies.

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Maryland Launches New Tools to Support Military and Community Compatibility

Planning in Progress

by Joseph Griffiths, AICP, Local Assistance and Training Manager

Starting in the mid-2010s, the Maryland Departments of Planning and Commerce, as well as local and military stakeholders, began partnering on planning efforts and resource development aimed to enhance collaboration between Maryland’s military installations and jurisdictions.

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Maryland Department of Planning Publishes HB 90 Webpage

Resources and Tools

by Joseph Griffiths, AICP, Local Assistance and Training Manager

Figure 1 – Photo of affordable town home development in Garrett County. Courtesy, Duane Yoder.

As of January 1, 2023, HB 90 (2021) requires all housing elements for municipalities and non-charter counties to “affirmatively further fair housing” (AFFH). This adds to the requirements to plan for affordable housing that HB 1045 (2019) initiated in June 2020. 

The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) recently published an HB 90 webpage to help jurisdictions incorporate the new fair housing requirements into their comprehensive plan housing elements.

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