Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into Local Planning: New Water Resources Element Guidance

Planning Assistance in Action 

by Jason Dubow, CC-P, Manager, Resource Conservation and Management and Matthew Rowe, Assistant Director, Water and Science Administration, Maryland Department of Planning 

Note: this article was originally published in the Maryland Municipal League’s September/October online magazine, Municipal Maryland

Fig 1 – Photo of sign warning fisherman of rising waters.

To protect private property, public health, government infrastructure and local environmental resources, municipalities should take steps to study the expected impacts of climate change. Those steps should include identifying vulnerable areas, populations, and assets to develop strategies to avoid or lessen those impacts.

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Eastern Shore Planners Walk the Walk!

Planning Assistance in Action 

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

Fig. 1 – Photo of walking team, the Holy Walkamolies, at 2022 Stigma Walk, with Planning staff Tracey Gordy, Stephanie Mullinix, Barbara Ewell and Keith Lackie (back row, 2nd-4th, from left to right), with friends and family.

Ahead of the month-long Walktober celebration, Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) staff from our Eastern Shore offices, Tracey Gordy, Keith Lackie, Stephanie Mullinix, and Barbara Ewell, participated in the Wicomico County Health Department’s inaugural Shatter the Stigma Walk on September 10, 2022.

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Coming Soon! New Tools and Resources for Communities to Assess Compatible Use Issues and Renewable Energy Siting in Maryland

Resources and Tools 

by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner and Sarah Diehl, AICP, compatible use Community Planning Liason

In the July 2020 edition of Planning Practice Monthly, we announced the launch of the Phase 2 of the collaboration between the Maryland Departments of Commerce (Commerce) and Planning on the Maryland Military and Civilian Compatible Use Project.  

Phase 2 implements some of the top recommendations of the Statewide Joint Land Use Response Implementation Strategy (SJRIS), completed in 2019 as the main deliverable of the project’s Phase I. 

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Analyzing Affordable Housing Needs in Your Jurisdiction: Examples from Maryland Housing Elements

Local Spotlight 

by Joseph Griffiths, AICP, Local Assistance and Training Manager 

Image 1 – Photo of construction workers framing a house, courtesy of DHCD.

In 2019, the Maryland Departments of Planning (Planning) and Housing and Community Development (DHCD) initiated mutually reinforcing development efforts to assist Maryland jurisdictions with their affordable housing planning needs.  

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Montgomery County’s Electric Vehicle Purchasing Co-op…A Maryland First in the Fight to Stem Climate Change

Local Spotlight 

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

Even before the political unrest and war broke out in Ukraine, which some blame for an historic spike in global gasoline prices, more Americans have been making the shift from gas-powered internal combustion engines (or ICEs) to electric vehicles (EVs) than ever before.

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