Meet the Staff: Susan Holm Llareus

Meet the Planning Staff

Susan Holm Llareus joined the Maryland Department of Planning in October 2019 in a dual role as a Supervisor and Regional Planner in our Local Assistance and Training Division. With degrees in landscape architecture and horticulture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Susan comes to us from the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), where she enjoyed many years as a planner within the Urban Design Section of the Development Review Division. Continue reading

Lower Eastern Shore Collaborates with the MPCA on Citizen Planner Education

MPCA Corner

On February 21, more than 40 citizen and professional planners gathered at Salisbury University’s Guerrieri Student Union for the Maryland Planning Commissioners Association’s (MPCA) first regional workshop of 2020. The MPCA extends its gratitude to the university, Salisbury’s Mayor Jake Day, and Salisbury City Planner, Anne Roane, for sponsoring the event (and providing lunch!), helping craft the content of its educational sessions, and welcoming attendees from across the region with open arms. It was an early rise for those of us traveling from Central Maryland and beyond, but it was worth it.

Packed house at Salisbury MPCA Workshop

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Update: Maryland Bikeways & Related Bicycle/Pedestrian Programs — Grants Information and Upcoming Deadlines

Planning in Progress

by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner and
Nate Evans, Multimodal Transportation Planner, Maryland Department of Transportation

In the January edition of Planning Practice Monthly, we reported on $7.6 million in new funding issued by Governor Hogan for the Maryland Bikeways program. As part of its FY21 outreach efforts for the program, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) hosted a webinar on February 25th. If you were unable to participate in the webinar, or wish to review the information presented, it can now be viewed online and the presentation slides can be found on MDOT’s website. Continue reading

The Baltimore County Comprehensive Zoning Map Process (CZMP) Features a New Online Tool 

Local Spotlight

An Interview with Jennifer Meacham, GIS Analyst, Baltimore County Department of Planning by Kristen E. Humphrey, Local Assistance and Training Planner

If you are a long-time resident of Baltimore County and have participated in the county’s quadrennial (every four years) rezoning efforts, as either a property owner or interested citizen or as a planner and an astute observer of zoning practices around the state, you may find the process routine. However, it is anything but routine: the county’s Comprehensive Zoning Map Process (CZMP) is unique in both its structure and frequency, as my interview with Jennifer Meacham, GIS Analyst with the Baltimore County Planning Department and creator of an exciting new online dashboard, will attest. Here’s the story: Continue reading

Planning Develops School Enrollment Projections

Resources and Tools

By Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner and
Alfred Sundara, AICP, Manager, Projections and State Data Center

Each year as part of The Maryland Department of Planning’s statutory mandate to support Maryland’s public school systems, the Maryland State Data Center prepares public school student enrollment projections that look ten years into the future for the state’s more than 1,400 K-12 public schools. These projections are shared with the state’s twenty-four Local Education Agencies (LEAs) which represent Maryland’s counties and Baltimore City.

In turn, the LEAs share their own enrollment predictions, and then the two sets of data are compared. To finalize the numbers, the State Data Center and the LEAs’ projections must be within 5 percent of each other (i.e., a 5 percent tolerance). If an LEA’s projections are not within 5 percent of the State’s, the LEA and Planning review their data together to determine the reason for the discrepancy and arrive at a resolution. Continue reading

Sustainable Growth Commission Celebrates Winners of 2020 Sustainable Growth Challenge

Planning Assistance in Action

The term sustainability is ubiquitous in the planning profession: sustainable development, sustainable processes, sustainable buildings, sustainable ecosystems, sustainable design, sustainable financing,  This list could go on for the rest of the article. As a concept, sustainability is framed by the three E’s of Environment, Economics, and Equity. The winning teams of this year’s Sustainable Growth Challenge exemplify all three.

On February 13, the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission’s (the commission) Education Workgroup welcomed six teams of six to eight graduate and undergraduate students from Maryland to present projects completed during their 2019 semesters. Submissions represented the academic disciplines of landscape architecture, urban planning, applied agriculture, and business development. The March 23 award ceremony has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the celebration must go on! Continue reading

Planning Practice Monthly Launches New “Women in Planning Series” as part of Maryland’s 2020 Year of the Woman

Seeking Suggestions: Women in Planning

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

Did you know that March is National Women’s History Month? Additionally, Governor Larry Hogan has proclaimed 2020 as the Year of the Woman in Maryland, in advance of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

Numerous events, exhibits, and tours of historic sites related to women’s suffrage are slated  occur throughout the state, culminating in the 2020 Women’s Centennial Summit scheduled for August in Annapolis. While the fate of some of the planned events may be uncertain, given the COVID-19 pandemic, Planning will continue to celebrate the contributions of women planners digitally. Continue reading