New! Maryland Department of Planning Launches Housing Dashboard

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By Victoria Olivier, AICP, Central Maryland Regional Planner  

‘Dashboard’ has been trending as one of the top five government jargon terms for the past few years. Many have turned to this data visualization tool to make information more accessible, and to directly and spatially communicate the complicated analytics related to a particular topic. As part of its Housing Element Models and Guidelines (M&G), which we highlighted in last month’s Planning Practice Monthly, the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) jumped on the dashboard wagon with housing planning.  

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Maryland Department of Planning Publishes Housing Element Models and Guidelines

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One bright house surrounded by dark houses
Photo Credit: Public Domain

June is American Housing Month! The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) believes every Marylander deserves an opportunity for a safe and affordable home to share with family and friends. 

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New! Planning is Updating Our Statewide Land Use Map

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by Deborah Sward, Assistant Manager, Geospatial Data & Analysis
with Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner

The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) is initiating the 2020 update to its statewide Land Use Map, the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) product formerly known as the “Land Use Land Cover” map. The Land Use Map will show generalized locations of developed land, including varying densities of residential land and commercial, industrial, institutional, other developed, and undeveloped resource land uses. Continue reading

Commuter Choice Maryland: Smart Commuter Choices During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

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by Gladys Hurwitz, Multimodal Transportation Specialist, Maryland Department of Transportation, with Kristen E. Humphrey, Local Assistance and Training Planner

Have you heard of Commuter Choice Maryland?  If not, check it out! Commuter Choice Maryland is a program of the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) designed to connect commuters and businesses to numerous online tools, resources, and opportunities. The goal of the program is to reduce congestion on Maryland roadways, improve air quality, and help Marylanders enhance their quality of life. Continue reading

The Census 2020 Self-Response Dashboard: Track Response Rates in Your Jurisdiction, Across Maryland, and Around the Country

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By Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner
with Alfred P. Sundara, Manager, Projections, and State Data Center

For the first time, respondents to the U.S. Census can complete their Census survey online, by telephone, or the more traditional way, by U.S. Mail. And for the first time, anyone  — from planners, politicians and teachers, health care advocates and private citizens — wanting to see the results as they unfold, can do so online.

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