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

Everything Was Illuminated! Neon Sign for Arts Center Symbolizes the Energy of the “Next Baltimore”

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MD DHCD: Maryland for the better...

MARCH 3

SAM_2684-(1)Baltimore – The city  celebrated an important achievement on the evening of March 3, by lighting up the marquee of the Centre Theatre, the newest rehabilitated building in Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District.

The blue neon of the letters on the distinctive facade instantly illuminated an otherwise dark corridor, acting as a symbolic beacon of the kind of development momentum currently re-energizing the district.

The $18 million project will be “a center for arts and innovation in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District,” according to developer Jubilee Baltimore’s website. The project converts a 67,000 square foot building that has been vacant for more than 20 years into restaurant space, film centers for Johns Hopkins University and Maryland Institute College of Art programs, the Baltimore Jewelry Center, and the Center for Neighborhoods, a nonprofit hub of community development-focused nonprofits including Central Baltimore Partnership, Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore and…

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The Maryland Chapter American Planning Association: Advancing the Art and Science of Planning Throughout Maryland

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Chapter LogoThe Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association (MD APA) is a nonprofit organization of planning professionals from all regions of Maryland. Most are members of the American Planning Association (APA). As one of 47 state chapters, MD APA supports the mission of the American Planning Association (APA) advocating excellence in community planning, and addresses economic, environmental and social equity issues at national and international levels. More

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