Article: Planning working with Statewide Planning Commissioners to Reinvent an Effective Association

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In a July 17th article in Maryland Matters, the Maryland Planning Commissioners Association’s (MPCA) Outreach Project was highlighted. This project is an effort to listen to stakeholders so that Maryland’s planning community can best meet the needs of local jurisdictions. The MPCA is a statewide, nonprofit educational organization of municipal, county and regional planning commissioners and boards of zoning appeals members.

MPCA members work to improve the quality of life for all Marylanders through planning, environmental protection, historic preservation, and growth management. More

Citizen Planners Meet to Discuss Barriers, Issues Facing the Planning Community

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David Jenkins and Carolyn McHugh attended the June 20 Focus Group, a part of the MPCA Outreach Project.

The Maryland Planning Commissioners Association’s (MPCA) Outreach project is off to a hot start this summer. With two focus group meetings in the books and five to go, members of Maryland’s planning community are embracing the effort and expressing their opinions. The MPCA hosted the first meeting in Calvert County and the local press took notice.

“We are here to listen,” said Robert Reed, a long-term member of Calvert County’s planning commission and president of the state planning commissioners association that is behind the outreach project.

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Protecting Historic Structures from Natural Hazards and Climate Change

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By Jen Sparenberg, Maryland Historical Trust

The Maryland Historical Trust’s Cultural Resources Hazard Mitigation Planning Program is here to assist local governments in integrating important historic places into hazard mitigation plans and planning activities. The program provides technical assistance on a variety of topics related to floodplain management, hazard mitigation planning and actions, disaster response and recovery, and climate change. More

Maryland Department of Planning at the 2016 Maryland Association of Counties, Visit Us at Booth 117

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Supporting Communities, Preserving Resources, Enriching Lives…
Changing Maryland for the Better

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State Funding Opportunities for Local Governments

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New Maryland State Funding Opportunities Just Announced

6_15_16 LegacyJust last week, state agencies announced several upcoming funding opportunities for local governments and other collaborators.

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reBlog: Local Governments & MDP Work Through 10-Year Planning Cycle Transition

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From the Maryland Association of Counties’ blog, Conduit Street, by Les Knapp

County and municipal governments are working with the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) to transition from a 6-year to a 10-year comprehensive planning and zoning cycle. HB 409  and SB 671 of 2013 moved to a 10-year cycle, and, to the extent practicable, makes the cycle coincide with the release of data from the United States decennial census. The legislation also required a “check-up” at the 5-year point of a comprehensive plan’s adoption and was amended to clarify that a local government that adopted a growth tier under the Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012 must integrate the tiers into its comprehensive plan when the plan would be next reviewed under the jurisdiction’s current 6-year cycle. As the bills were part of MACo’s 2013 Legislative Initiative package, MACo supported the bills. More

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