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

MPCA Adds A New Member to Its Team

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Granny flat

The MPCA would like to welcome Sarah Lipkin Sularz to the Maryland Department of Planning (see Meet the Staff article on this blog).  We are excited that she will be working with the organization. Sarah has been conducting housing research for the department and uncovered the following examples of how communities around the country are dealing with another emerging housing trend, Accessory Dwelling Units. Perhaps this is a future topic of conversation and research for the MPCA!  Continue reading

MPCA Guidance on Short Term Rentals

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The regional dialogue at the Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) March 29 Regional Workshop in Hagerstown highlighted the desire of citizen planners for networking and information sharing. When you can discuss shared concerns and approaches, your uncertainty begins to lift and your confidence raises. One particularly thorny issue noted by participants was short term rentals.  Continue reading

Planning Commissioner Training Course at Maryland Municipal League Conference, June 23 in Ocean City

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A Maryland Planning Commissioners Association sponsored training class.

The Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) and Planning are hosting a free Planning Commissioner Training Course (PCTC) at the Maryland Municipal League Summer Conference in Ocean City on Sunday, June 23. Continue reading

Regional Workshop a Hit!

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Hagerstown city attorney, Jennifer Keefer, reviews the intricacies of Ex parte’ communication with workshop attendees

The Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) conducted its first Regional Workshop at the University of Maryland, Hagerstown on March 29th. Close to 40 citizen and professional planners participated in an event designed to bring key sessions from the annual conference out to planners in Western Maryland. Continue reading