Remembering David Tighe Whitaker, AICP

April 20, 1954 – October 13, 2020

Planning in Memoriam

by Bihui Xu, AICP, Principal Planner, Kristen Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner, and Michael Paone, Planner, Frederick County Division of Planning and Permitting

David T. Whitaker, a talented and dynamic planner, and avid cyclist, passed away on October 13, 2020.  Planners in Maryland lost a well-respected and well-liked colleague; and Maryland lost a passionate advocate for safe bicycle and pedestrian facilities across the state.

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Notices to Maryland Jurisdictions and Our Readers

  1. Planning encourages our readers to stay current on state efforts to protect Marylanders during the COVID-19 pandemic by visiting the Maryland Department of Health and The Office of Governor Larry Hogan websites.
  2. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Maryland Department of Planning staff are teleworking and will be temporarily unable to review and process standard mail. The department politely requests that all Maryland jurisdictions and others please submit most items electronically to Cassandra Malloy at For Clearinghouse intergovernmental review requests and inquiries, please continue to send them to
  3. Census 2020: Jurisdictions can check their real time Census response rates at the 2020 Census Response Rates website. The map is interactive and updated everyday at 3 PM. The user has the option to select the date and type of response (internet and total). Total responses include people who responded by phone, regular mail, and online. Finally, there is an option to choose the state, a county, or a sub county geography like cities and census tracts.

Planning Practice Wednesday Special Edition: October 2019 Planner’s Blog


The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) and our partners have been busy the past few  months, hosting or collaborating on the following events: Continue reading

Maryland Commuter Program Helps Businesses Save Money by Easing Employee Travel

News from our Sister Agencies and Partner Organizations

Maryland Department of Transportation

Maryland Commuter Program Helps Businesses Save Money by Easing Employee Travel

Maryland commuters spend an average of 30 minutes sitting in traffic traveling to and from work – resulting in diminished productivity, extreme frustration, and lost time.  To mitigate traffic congestion and support the mobility, health and wealth of its community, environment, and business partners, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) has launched Commuter Choice Maryland. Continue reading