Housing Needs Assessment and 10-Year Strategic Plan – Part III

Resources and Tools 

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

In the January edition of Planning Practice Monthly, we introduced the Maryland Housing Needs Assessment & 10-Year Strategic Plan (Needs Assessment) and how it can be of value to Maryland jurisdictions in developing the required Housing Elements in their comprehensive plans. In February we summarized Section 2 of the report dealing with proposed statewide priorities.

This month, we are summarizing Section 3. State of housing in Maryland and in April Section 4. Needs by region & core actions to address them. In May, we’ll review Section 5. Maryland Housing Toolbox.

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The Importance of Post Annexation Procedures

Planning Assistance in Action 

Municipal and county planners understand Maryland code requirements prior to and during an annexation. Their submissions to the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) make this clear. Local Government Article sections §4-401 through §4-416 outline procedures for annexation initiation, public notice and hearings, resolutions, and annexation plans.

The Local Government Article also describes areas that are eligible for annexation, which are those that are contiguous and adjoining to the municipality, won’t create an enclave or exclave, and are not within the boundaries of another municipality.

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Maryland Department of Planning Supports Jurisdictions Interested in Census Count Question Resolution Process

Planning Assistance in Action 

The U. S. Census Bureau recently launched the 2020 Count Question Resolution (CQR) Operation. The CQR provides an opportunity for tribal, state, and local governmental units to request that the Census Bureau review their boundaries and/or housing unit counts to identify any potential errors that may have occurred while processing their 2020 Census counts.

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Maryland’s Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Working Group: Celebrating 2021 Accomplishments; Looking Forward to 2022

Planning in Progress

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

Figure 1 – Illustration showing autonomous vehicle parking on street, CAV Strategic Framework.

Despite the extraordinary circumstances of the global coronavirus pandemic, Maryland’s Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Working Group led and collaborated on numerous CAV-related research, education, and planning efforts in 2021. The team produced a variety of content ranging from a myth-busting social media campaign to a webinar series with partners across the state, including the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning), the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), and the Maryland Highway Safety Office.

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Advancing Stormwater Resiliency in Maryland

Planning in Progress

What is stormwater resiliency and why do we need to address it? 

Figure 1 – Photo of urban flooding courtesy of Town of North Beach.

Urban flooding is a growing issue in Maryland.  The increasing number of extreme rainfall events that produce intense precipitation will continue to lead to more urban flooding events unless steps are taken to mitigate their impacts. 

The Maryland General Assembly recognized the need to address urban flooding with the passing of Senate Bill 227 (2021 session). The Bill tasks the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) with developing plans to evaluate current flooding risks and update regulations to improve urban stormwater flood management. In 2021, MDE released a report titled “Advancing Stormwater Resiliency in Maryland” (A-StoRM) that provides a roadmap towards modernizing stormwater management in Maryland. 

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