Maryland Connected and Automated Vehicle Working Group Update

Planning in Progress

In our October issue of Planning Practice Wednesday, we highlighted the rapid progress of Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) technologies occurring in Maryland and across the country, and how the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) was gearing up for the inevitable changes driverless vehicles will bring. We promised to bring you updates as MDOT’s Maryland Connected and Automated Vehicle Working Group, the body charged with coordinating the development and deployment of CAV technologies in MD, assists with new projects or programs. Continue reading

Planning is developing a new online resource called the Land Preservation Dashboard

Planning in Progress

The Land Preservation Dashboard  is designed to provide users with a clear understanding of how Maryland is meeting its agricultural and environmental land preservation goals. The categories displayed in the dashboard represent various federal, state, local, and private land preservation programs that seek to preserve different types of land such as farmland, timberland, parks, forests, wetlands, riparian zones, and wildlife corridors. It is scheduled for release later this summer. Continue reading

Commerce Subcabinet Recognizes Regional Resources

Planning in Progress

If the feedback received during the development of the new state development plan, A Better Maryland, taught us anything, it is that Marylanders desire a regional approach to planning. Maryland may be small in size, but it has large regional distinctions. The planning needs and objectives of Western Maryland differ from those along the I-95 corridor, and the community development goals of the Eastern Shore necessitate an approach unique from what one might find in Southern Maryland. These distinctions are one of Maryland’s greatest assets, and the Commerce Subcabinet recognizes and wants to maximize this strength. Continue reading

A Central Depository for Local Planning in Maryland

Planning in Progress

The heart of planning beats locally.  Maryland is a Home Rule State, which means it entrusts local jurisdictions with land use planning authority to guide growth and development through the Land Use Article of the Maryland Annotated Code. Developing local technical assistance rather than regulation, listening as opposed to telling, Planning works with jurisdictions to achieve their own community development objectives. Continue reading

A Better Maryland Draft Plan Out for Public Comment

Planning in Progress

Planning has completed a draft of the new state development plan, A Better Maryland. The department would like to thank everyone who provided input, as it helped shape and formulate the draft plan. Our outreach process began in fall 2017 with meetings in all 23 counties and Baltimore City. Each day-long visit included meetings with elected officials, staff and a general public meeting. Staff met with every jurisdiction for a second round of meetings in fall 2018 and have been working on the draft plan for the past several months. You can check out notes from both round of public outreach on the project’s input page. Continue reading

New Transit Station Area Profile Tool

Planning in Progress

Planning recently developed the Transit Station Area Profile Tool. This versatile, searchable data source outlines and describes station area demographics, employment data, transit use, housing sales information and land use and development projects, as well as Transit Oriented Development (TOD) policies, programs and implementation efforts for each rail transit station in Maryland. It is our hope that this planning resource will be of value to the TOD work that you do. This project was funded by the MDOT-TSO (The Secretary’s Office)-Planning and Capital Programming division.     Continue reading

Salt Water Intrusion Planning

Planning in Progress

The Maryland Department of Planning, in consultation with DNR, MDE and MDA, (Chapter 628, Laws of Maryland 2018) is required to establish a plan to adapt to saltwater intrusion by December 15, 2019, and to update that plan at least once every five years thereafter. Since a significant amount of Maryland is adjacent to brackish or salty waters including the Chesapeake Bay, Coastal Bays, Atlantic Ocean, and their associated tidal tributaries, Continue reading