The Maryland Department of Planning Teams up with the Appalachian Regional Commission

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ARCFor most Maryland residents, access to a reliable broadband network is a given; a bill we pay every month, but a readily available service when we need to connect to our work email, search for a new restaurant, or find driving directions. For some parts of Western Maryland though, this is not always so certain, as the secluded location and rugged geography make the extension of network infrastructure expensive and difficult. The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), in partnership with the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) and the Allegany Board of Commissioners, helped overcome this barrier in Allegany County by providing the funding to strengthen the area’s broadband network and improve services to residents, businesses, and emergency services. More

Map-Based Medusa Brings Maryland’s Historic Resources to your Devices

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Have you ever wondered what historical treasures your neighborhood or local village can boast? Would you like to know a little more about that site memorialized on the roadside plaque you drive by every day on your way to work? To help you answer those questions, the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) has combined cutting edge mapping technology with some of Maryland’s oldest cultural resources in its new mapping tool named Medusa. More

A Community Effort for Placemaking on Smith Island

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Smith Island, home to the official dessert of Maryland, the aptly named Smith Island Cake, inhabits a unique position in Maryland’s physical and cultural geography. The only inhabited island in the Chesapeake Bay accessible solely by boat, Smith Island is a waterman community (fishing, crabbing, oystering) rich in history and identity. The community recently concluded a year-long visioning process that resulted in the adoption of the 2016 Smith Island Vision Plan. As part of this effort, one issue repeatedly came up; the desire for an outdoor gathering space on the Island. This vision is about to become reality, as a collaboration between community, business, and governmental organizations successfully applied for and received a $5,000 Placemaking Grant award from the National Association of REALTORS® to construct a pocket park on a currently vacant lot adjacent to a picturesque marsh in the Village of Ewell. More

Planning Simplifies Annual Reporting; Encourages Localities to Embrace the Opportunity

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For the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) and jurisdictions around the state, spring and early summer are Local Government Annual Reporting season. While that might not sound like something to get excited about, it is a vital time of year for reviewing development progress, initiating conversations about the direction of Maryland’s communities, and reconnecting state and local planning officials.

The Land Use Article of the Maryland State Code requires that Planning report on growth-related changes and permitting activity submitted annually by each jurisdiction with planning and zoning authority. More

Smart Growth Information Clearinghouse at SmartGrowth.org

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The Smart Growth Network (SGN) is a partnership of government, business, and civic organizations that support smart growth. Created in 1996, the network has become a clearinghouse for information about smart growth strategies (thus the name, Smart Growth Information Clearinghouse, or SGIC) through the website, Smart Growth Online, which features smart growth-related news, events, research, presentations and publications, including information on grant opportunities, workshops and webinars. More

Planning Makes Interactive Mapping Accessible and Simple with FINDER Online

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You don’t need expensive software to access and analyze current mapping data of Maryland’s 2.2 million parcel records. Planning has developed an interactive and free mapping tool called FINDER Online, which is an excellent resource for local planning offices and interested citizens. FINDER Online users can access and overlay data including parcels, recent property sales, and More

Planning Supports the Analysis of Transportation Improvements along North Avenue in Baltimore

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The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) is partnering with the City of Baltimore (City) and the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) on the North Avenue Rising Project. The City and communities making up North Avenue have come together and expressed the shared vision of revitalizing the corridor to its full potential. Already, significant investments in the corridor have been and are being made in redevelopment and quality of life by institutions, NGOs, and private sector parties. The $27.3 million of improvements under North Avenue Rising includes $10 million from the U.S. DOT Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program. This funding is supporting the realization of the locally generated vision, and will go towards transportation improvements along the corridor; including dedicated bus lanes, new bike facilities, renovations to the MTA Metro Station, access improvements to the Light Rail Station, improvements to major bus stops, streetscaping, and targeted re-paving..

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