Building Community in Crisfield One Basketball Court at a Time

The Lower Eastern Shore “Ups Its Game!”

Planning in Progress

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

Over the past few years, worn, disused, and otherwise downright grim-looking basketball courts in several of Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore communities have undergone a stunning transformation.

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The Importance of Compatible Use Planning

Planning in Progress

by Tom Evans, Office of Military and Federal Affairs (OMFA), Maryland Department of Commerce, and Kristen Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner

What is Compatible Use Planning?

In the most general terms, compatible use planning (also called compatibility planning) refers to working to ensure that both existing and planned land uses and activities are carefully considered  to reduce or eliminate adverse effects on (or in the best case scenario, to actually enhance and support) neighboring or nearby land uses.

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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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