Lower Eastern Shore Collaborates with the MPCA on Citizen Planner Education

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On February 21, more than 40 citizen and professional planners gathered at Salisbury University’s Guerrieri Student Union for the Maryland Planning Commissioners Association’s (MPCA) first regional workshop of 2020. The MPCA extends its gratitude to the university, Salisbury’s Mayor Jake Day, and Salisbury City Planner, Anne Roane, for sponsoring the event (and providing lunch!), helping craft the content of its educational sessions, and welcoming attendees from across the region with open arms. It was an early rise for those of us traveling from Central Maryland and beyond, but it was worth it.

Packed house at Salisbury MPCA Workshop

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A Little Dues go a Long Way

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The Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) is a small volunteer organization dedicated to the support, continued education, and networking of Maryland’s citizen planners. Every member of a Planning Commission/Board, Board of Zoning Appeals, or a Historic District Review Committee (or something with a similar name and function) is automatically a member of the MPCA. The MPCA Board is composed of four volunteer leaders who, on top of their careers and planning commission responsibilities, also dedicate significant time and energy to running the MPCA. They are: Continue reading

Maryland Planning Commissioners Association Regional Workshop in Salisbury on Feb 21

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In the December edition of Planning Practice Monthly, we asked readers to save the date for a Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) regional workshop in Salisbury on February 21. You’ll be glad you did, because the event is shaping up to be an excellent opportunity for regional collaboration, citizen planner education, and networking! The MPCA is partnering with the City of Salisbury and the Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Salisbury University (PACE) for a full day (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) of engaging and informative sessions.  Continue reading

Save the Date! Maryland Planning Commissioners Regional Workshop in Salisbury on February 21

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In 2019, the Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) started a new regional workshop initiative, and hosted events in Hagerstown (March) and Annapolis (July). The organization looks to build on the momentum of 2019 and extend it into next year, conducting its first 2020 workshop in Salisbury on Feb. 21. The details are to be determined, but make sure to save the date!

 

36th Annual Conference in Aberdeen a Huge Success!

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On November 6 and 7, more than 70 citizen and professional planners visited Aberdeen to participate in the Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) annual conference. Planners networked with one another, shared best practices, learned about emerging and future trends in Maryland, and celebrated the vital work of planning commissions and boards of zoning appeals. Day 1 started with state mandated Planning Commissioner and Open Meetings Act trainings and ended with exciting tours of Swan Harbor Farm and the Frito Lay facility. If you don’t know how some of your favorite snack foods are made, you should head up to Aberdeen and see it for yourself! Continue reading

Message from MPCA President, Danny Winborne on the Organization’s 36th Annual Conference

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from Danny Winborne, MPCA President

Welcome to the 36th annual conference, hosted by the Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA). I am delighted to be holding this year’s conference in the City of Aberdeen in Harford County. Continue reading

MPCA Holding Its 36th Annual Conference in November

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Registration is now open for the 36th Annual Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) Conference in Aberdeen, to be held November 6-7, 2019. The theme for this year is Meeting the Trends, Embracing the Future, and the agenda will be filled with sessions on timely topics that Maryland’s citizen planning boards currently face and will likely face in the future. The MPCA decided on this theme following two regional workshops this year (Hagerstown, Annapolis), at which participants expressed an interest in learning more about strategies to address emerging trends in the areas of housing, redevelopment, and public engagement.  See the recently posted notes from the Hagerstown and Annapolis meetings on the MPCA webpage. These are exciting areas for both growth and enhanced education. Continue reading