Census 2020: Into the Home Stretch

Maryland is Looking Strong…But There is Still Time to Make a Difference!

Planning Assistance in Action

by Kristin Fleckenstein, Director of Public Affairs and Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner 

Don’t Delay, Respond Today! With the 2020 Census deadline just days away, the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) remains in high gear to ensure a complete count of all Marylanders. Maryland currently has achieved a 70.5 percent self-response rate that exceeds the 2010 Census total count of 60.5 percent. Maryland’s total count, which also includes households counted by U.S. Census Bureau enumerators, currently stands at  97.9 percent.   

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Another Way to Get your (Walktober) Walks On:

Take the Patuxent Challenge! 

Planning in Progress

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

Did you know you there’s a way you can participate in two really fun, healthy outdoor activities this fall at the same time? The Patuxent Challenge is a great way to do just that. 

What is the Patuxent Challenge? 

Created by the Tourism Workgroup of the Patuxent River Commission, an organization dedicated to creating public access to the Patuxent and encouraging river-related economic and recreational activities, the Patuxent Challenge is an initiative designed to get people out-of-doors and discover all the beauty and recreational opportunities the river and its tributaries have to offer. 

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Maryland Land Preservation Programs:

Updates and Upcoming Deadlines

Planning in Progress

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

Despite the on-going constraints posed by COVID-19 pandemic, Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) staff continue to work diligently (albeit remotely), and land preservation efforts are moving forward as scheduled. Here are updates on two of Planning’s primary initiatives: 

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MDOT Launches Annual Statewide Transportation Investment Tour

Planning in Progress 

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

Each fall, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) conducts a tour of 23 Maryland counties and Baltimore City to update local officials and the public on transportation investments around the state.

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Open Now! Take the Statewide Transit Plan Survey 

Planning in Progress

The Maryland Statewide Transit Plan (STP) is an initiative of the Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) and will provide guidance on the need for transit services and connectivity in Maryland. This plan will create a 50-year vision for transit building upon the transit services that exist today, including existing regional and local plans, as well as proposed projects, analysis of future activity centers, demographics, and transit needs, that will create a framework for coordinated transit service and customer experience. 

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