Update: Maryland Bikeways & Related Bicycle/Pedestrian Programs — Grants Information and Upcoming Deadlines

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by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner and
Nate Evans, Multimodal Transportation Planner, Maryland Department of Transportation

In the January edition of Planning Practice Monthly, we reported on $7.6 million in new funding issued by Governor Hogan for the Maryland Bikeways program. As part of its FY21 outreach efforts for the program, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) hosted a webinar on February 25th. If you were unable to participate in the webinar, or wish to review the information presented, it can now be viewed online and the presentation slides can be found on MDOT’s website. Continue reading

State Agencies Team Up to Help Re-grow the State’s Forestry Industry

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Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner with Anne Hairston-Strang, Associate Director, Maryland Forest Service, Department of Natural Resources

Diagram based upon information from Sustainable Reforestation: Growing Tomorrow’s Forests Today (c) 1992,2000, American Forest & Paper Association, Inc. (www.fdacs.gov)

It may not be the first thing you think of, but one of the most critical natural resources for ensuring the health of the Chesapeake Bay and other waterways in Maryland is healthy forest land. In fact, according to Anne Hairston-Strang of the Maryland Forest Service, “one of forests’ best uses is for promoting water quality, however that relies on proper harvesting using Best Management Practices (BMPs) for sediment and erosion control.”  Continue reading

Thinking of Purchasing a Brownfield Site for Redevelopment? “AAI Before You Buy!”

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by Sylvia A. Mosser, AICP, Resource Conservation Planner and Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner 

“Well, ah’ll be a bon-a-fide prospective purchaser”

The phrase Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser (BFPP) may evoke images of a gold rush era prospector driving a covered wagon drawn by a pair of oxen, but in 2020, this antiquated-sounding term describes something quite different. 

A BFPP is a savvy buyer who has earned environmental liability protections by complying with the United States’ Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) All Appropriate Inquiries (AAI) Rule before purchasing a property. The AAI Rule came about in response to the 2002 Brownfields Amendments to CERCLA, as a vehicle to “promulgate regulations establishing standards and practices for conducting” AAI.   Continue reading

HB 1045 Guidance Development Considers the Quantitative and the Qualitative

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The Maryland Departments of Planning (Planning) and Housing and Community Development (DHCD) are crafting useful tools and guidance to help jurisdictions meet the requirements of HB 1045, which goes into effect on June 1 of this year. We first introduced you to our work on HB 1045 in the October 9, 2019 edition of Planning Practice Monthly. As a reminder, all new comprehensive plans written after June 1 must include a Housing Element that addresses the need for Low Income (below 60% Area Median Income) and Workforce (60% – 120% Area Median Income) housing. Continue reading

Governor Announces $7.6 Million in Funding for Maryland Bikeways; Grant Workshops to be Held in February, March

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by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Development and Infrastructure Planner
and Nate Evans, Multimodal Transportation Planner, MDOT

Governor Larry Hogan recently announced that $7.6 million ($3.8 million per year for each of the next two years) will be available for the Bikeways Program, a state initiative that provides funding for bikeways across Maryland. Administered by the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), the program has funded 110 completed projects since its launch in 2011. 

The Bikeways Program provides funding to Maryland jurisdictions and other organizations for projects which support the goals of the Maryland Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan, including improving connections to transit, work, schools, shopping, and other destinations; supporting economic development and environmental stewardship; and enhancing Marylanders’ quality of life in communities across the state. MDOT has developed an interactive map showing the location of 2020 program awards as well as past years’ projects viewable by year or by project type (see image below). Continue reading

The Sustainable Growth Commission Welcomes Student Submissions for 2020 Sustainable Growth Challenge (Due January 17!)

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The Applied Sustainability Practicum Portfolio website highlights ongoing, student-driven sustainability projects at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Completed during the fall 2018 semester, the site explained and demonstrated three interconnected class projects:

  1. A virtual 3-D tour and online exhibit of a student constructed “Tiny House” on wheels;
  2. A crowd-sourced campus sustainability map; and
  3. A collection of Story Maps explaining campus sustainability features and programs.

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Maryland to Publish First Saltwater Intrusion and Salinization Plan

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by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Development and Infrastructure Planner with Jason Dubow, Manager, Resource Conservation & Management

This article is a follow up to our original April 10, 2019 article

What is saltwater intrusion and salinization? 

In layman’s terms, saltwater intrusion occurs when seawater or brackish water infiltrates a source of freshwater as a result of sea level rise, storms, excessive groundwater pumping, or other human activities or natural events. Salinization generally refers to the process by which salts accumulate in soils and/or freshwater.  Continue reading