Maryland Department of Natural Resources Has Developed a Tool for Assessing the Value of Land Across Maryland

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Have you ever thought about, much less tried to assess, the economic benefits that open spaces and various types of natural ecosystems such as forests, wetlands and riparian zones have in non-development terms? How does one begin to quantify and put a price tag on carbon sequestration, flood mitigation, wildlife habitat or oxygen production? These are the questions that a powerful tool developed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) aims to answer. More

Don’t Forget to Bike to Work on May 17

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I bike to the office most work days; cold, hot, and in between. I live in Baltimore. It is about a 20 minute ride down the Maryland Avenue Cycle Track and through some side streets to Planning’s State Center headquarters on Preston Street. I can confirm without hesitation that the days I ride into work are more productive, and that my trips home far more enjoyable than the stop and go of rush hour traffic. I strongly encourage everyone to consider riding to work when they can, and what a better time to start than May 17, Bike to Work Day. More

Smart Growth Network Brings Planning Resources and Education Together in One Place

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Planning is a proud contributor to the Smart Growth Network (Network). The Network is a partnership of government, business, and civic organizations that support sustainable growth and efficient public investment. The Environmental Protection Agency is one of the founding partners of the Network and funded the Maryland Department of Planning’s work to develop the Smart Growth Information Clearinghouse. The website, Smart Growth Online, features an extensive array of smart growth-related news, events, information, research, presentations, and publications. More

One Stop Shop for Forest Resource Planning Guidance

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There is something that just feels different, more connected, and undeniably tangible about the woods. We take vacations and day trips to them, escape our daily aggravations along their trails, and happily get lost among trees that look similar, but are as distinct as every one of us. Those same unique trees do not survive and maintain their amazement without intentional planning. Forest resource planning is essential for protecting forest wildlife habitats, water quality in streams and estuaries, aquatic species and air quality. It also mitigates micro and macro climatic impacts and generates recreational and other opportunities for human interaction with nature. More

An Integrated Look at Automated Vehicles

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Connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies are rapidly moving from research to reality. Many vehicles already have automated driving systems (ADS) designed to help save lives and prevent injuries, and this technology may lead soon to self-driving vehicles on the road.

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is preparing for these rapid changes in CAV technology by engaging with federal, state, and local organizations – and the private sector – to realize the life-saving benefits of CAV technology. MDOT recognizes the safety, mobility, and efficiency benefits of ADS, and is embracing opportunities of collaboration for research, testing and eventual deployment. More

Maryland State Data Center Releases 2017 Census Population Estimates: Central Jurisdictions Continue to Lead Maryland’s Population Growth

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The 2017 numbers show that Maryland’s population grew by 27,475 people between July 1, 2016 and July 1, 2017, with the majority of the increase in the Central Maryland jurisdictions of Montgomery, Anne Arundel, Howard, and Frederick counties, More

2017-18 Sustainable Growth Challenge Winners

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On February 8 in Crownsville, student teams representing Maryland Institutions of Higher Learning presented their work to the Sustainable Growth Commission’s  (Commission) Education Workgroup as part of the Sustainable Growth Challenge (Challenge). The panel of reviewers, which included representatives from state government, private industry, and Maryland communities, engaged with students and their proposals asking follow-up questions about projects ranging from neighborhood development planning to innovative architectural design. Students, along with supportive faculty, submitted work completed in 2017 for consideration. The proposals demonstrate how lucky Maryland is to have young academics who combine passions for learning and their communities. More

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