Nominations Now Open for the 2022 Maryland Sustainable Growth Awards

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The Maryland Sustainable Growth Awards celebrate significant achievements by individuals, businesses, organizations, and local governments to realize the twelve planning visions adopted by the Maryland General Assembly. The annual awards promote exemplary work that represents or inspires collaboration, innovation, conservation, community impact and quality of life. 

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Governor Hogan Kicks Off Development of Bainbridge Logistics Center

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Figure 1 – Governor Hogan at Bainbridge redevelopment flag raising ceremony. source: http://www.governor.maryland.gov.

On April 28, Governor Larry Hogan participated in a ceremonial flag raising to signal the reactivation of the site of the former Bainbridge Naval Training Center in Cecil County. The ceremony celebrated the beginning of development activities for 3.7 million square feet of logistics and distribution space across 440 acres.

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Comprehensive Plan Frequently Asked Questions

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Screenshot showing Planning’s FAQ webpage.

In the December 2021 edition of Planning Practice Monthly, the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) introduced our new Priority Funding Areas (PFAs) Frequently Asked Questions. Planning and PFAs go hand in hand. We analyze PFAs, coordinate with municipalities and counties on PFA expansions, and talk about PFAs every day.  

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

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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

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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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