One Stop Shop for Forest Resource Planning Guidance

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Resources and Tools

There is something that just feels different, more connected, and undeniably tangible about the woods. We take vacations and day trips to them, escape our daily aggravations along their trails, and happily get lost among trees that look similar, but are as distinct as every one of us. Those same unique trees do not survive and maintain their amazement without intentional planning. Forest resource planning is essential for protecting forest wildlife habitats, water quality in streams and estuaries, aquatic species and air quality. It also mitigates micro and macro climatic impacts and generates recreational and other opportunities for human interaction with nature. More

Challenge Winners Shine at the Sustainable Growth Commission

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Planning Assistance in Action

Some of the most creative approaches to sustainability are not originating in local planning departments, state offices, or even the nonprofit world, but from Maryland’s students. On Monday, March 25, the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission (Commission) celebrated the excellent work of four groups of students in the award ceremony for the 2019 Sustainable Growth Challenge.

“The work of the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission is fulfilling, vital, and impactful,” said Commission Chair Susan Summers. “I take my role as its Chair very seriously, but I have the most fun each year when college students from around the state present their award winning projects to the Commission. You can tell they take their work and studies very seriously as well. The day inspires greater enthusiasm in our effort as an advisory body, and encourages us to maintain and strengthen our engagement with the next generation of Maryland’s leaders in sustainability.” More

New Transit Station Area Profile Tool

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Planning in Progress

Planning recently developed the Transit Station Area Profile Tool. This versatile, searchable data source outlines and describes station area demographics, employment data, transit use, housing sales information and land use and development projects, as well as Transit Oriented Development (TOD) policies, programs and implementation efforts for each rail transit station in Maryland. It is our hope that this planning resource will be of value to the TOD work that you do. This project was funded by the MDOT-TSO (The Secretary’s Office)-Planning and Capital Programming division.     More

Salt Water Intrusion Planning

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Planning in Progress

The Maryland Department of Planning, in consultation with DNR, MDE and MDA, (Chapter 628, Laws of Maryland 2018) is required to establish a plan to adapt to saltwater intrusion by December 15, 2019, and to update that plan at least once every five years thereafter. Since a significant amount of Maryland is adjacent to brackish or salty waters including the Chesapeake Bay, Coastal Bays, Atlantic Ocean, and their associated tidal tributaries, More

Maryland Electric Vehicle Council – Maryland Department of Transportation

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Planning in Progress

The Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council (EVIC) was established through legislation introduced in 2011 as part of a package of bills to promote electric vehicles (EVs). More

Meet the Planning Staff: Victoria Olivier

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Victoria Olivier joined Planning as the regional planner for Central Maryland in late January 2019. She provides local planning assistance and education coordination to Carroll, Harford, Howard, and Baltimore counties as well as Baltimore City and all incorporated municipalities. More

Best Practices in Solar Planning and Zoning

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Continuing Education and Training

Make sure to check out this recent webinar!

Best Practices in Solar Planning and Zoning

As solar projects proliferate in agricultural areas, local governments are enacting development standards to ensure that solar farm development creates agricultural, environmental and water quality co-benefits. More

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