Maryland’s CLAPP Program: Expanded Certification Periods and Regulatory Streamlining Aids Counties’ Effort to Preserve Farmland

Planning in Progress

by Daniel Rosen, AICP, Resource Conservation Planner, with Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner 

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Created in 1990, the state’s Certification of Local Agricultural Preservation Programs (CLAPP) allows certified counties to retain 75% of locally generated agricultural land transfer tax instead of the default rate of 33%.

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Census 2020: News and Next Steps

Planning Assistance in Action

by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner, with Kristin R. Fleckenstein, Director of Public Affairs, and Alfred P. Sundara, AICP, Manager, Projections and State Data Center

What’s New in Census Outreach?

Even as the landscape of COVID-19 protective measures continues to evolve and the state moves toward reopening, the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) is adapting to the pandemic to ensure that every Marylander is counted by:

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38th Annual MPCA Conference is Going Digital

MPCA Corner

The Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) thanks everyone who submitted a session proposal for the 38th Annual Fall Conference. We will be reviewing the proposals over the next few weeks and contacting those who submitted proposals by mid-July. 

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Harriet Tregoning: Trailblazer in the Rise of Smart Growth and Alternative Transportation

Women in Planning Series: Part III

by Daniel Rosen, AICP, Resource Conservation Planner  with Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner 

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It is fitting that yet another of the planners we have been asked by readers to profile in this series on female planners in Maryland, also served as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Planning. 

Harriet Tregoning was appointed in 2000, and later became Maryland’s first Special Secretary for Smart Growth. One of the accomplishments of her tenure involved siting a new branch of the University of Maryland in Washington County. 

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Maryland Department of Planning’s School Enrollment Projections

Planning Assistance in Action

Alfred P. Sundara, AICP, Manager, Projections and State Data Center with Michael Bayer, AICP, Manager of Infrastructure and Development

Maryland’s public school enrollment increased in 2019 by 11,319 (1.3%); this increase was the highest in the last 11 years (see Chart 1). Statewide, public-school enrollment has grown by 57,174 or 7.3 percent between 2009 and 2019. With gains over the last 11 years, Maryland’s 2019 public school enrollment of 876,810 is its highest since 1976.   

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