Legislative Recap: 2022 Session Bills Impacting Planning

Planning Assistance in Action 

Fig 1 – Aerial photo showing the Maryland State Capitol. Photo source: http://www.capitalcitiesusa.org.

The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) strives to inform counties and municipalities of legislation that impacts local planning efforts, and as needed, develop guidance and technical assistance to help jurisdictional staff and citizen planners address any new requirements or access new resources.

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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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Coming Soon: Frederick to Announce RFP for Qualified Environmental Professionals to Conduct Phase I and II Brownfield Assessments

Planning in Progress

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

Figure 1 – Looking west along Carroll Creek Park walking path. Photo, Kristen E. Humphrey, 2022.

In 2021 the City of Frederick was awarded a US EPA Community-Wide Assessment Grant from EPA Region III to conduct Phase I and II environmental site assessments (ESAs) of brownfield sites in the city (refer to EPA’s fact sheet, Assessing Brownfield Sites, for a definition and description of Phase I and II ESA processes).

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Maryland’s Inaugural Statewide Brownfield Conference a Resounding Success

Planning Assistance in Action

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

The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) would like to extend its sincerest thanks to the many participants, presenters, brownfields site tour leaders, and advisory committee members who made our first foray into the brownfields conference arena a terrific success!

Figure 1 – Photos taken during the Frederick City tour of brownfields, both developed and ready for redevelopment. Kristen E. Humphrey, 2021.
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