A “Three-Legged Stool” Approach to Reducing Vehicle Emissions to Protect Maryland’s Most Vulnerable Populations

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by Kristen Humphrey, MLA, Infrastructure and Development Planner, with Tim Shepherd, Division Chief, Mobile Sources Control Program, MDE

Few of us stop to think about how much time we spend in the car simply waiting. Certainly, we all know the frustration of being stopped in traffic due to construction or an accident on our daily commute to and from work, but what about all the other times we are just sitting, engines idling? We might sit at the drive-through of a fast food restaurant or bank, waiting to pay a toll, or the gridlock following a large sporting event. Continue reading

Transportation Planning in one Handy Document: Transportation Element Checklist

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by Joe Griffiths

At the planning directors roundtable on September 20, Planning presented the newly completed Transportation Element Checklist. Continue reading

Planning launches the Maryland Protected Lands Dashboard

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by Debbie Herr Cornwell

Introduced in the June edition of Planning Practice Wednesday and launched in August, the Maryland Protected Lands Dashboard provides a quick assessment of the status of Maryland land preservation at the state, regional, and county levels.  The 12 categories of protected lands include federal, state, county, and private programs. Whether you prefer a map showing where land has been preserved, a colorful pie chart indicating what category or program has preserved the most acreage, or what progress has been made on Maryland’s official agricultural land preservation goal to preserve 1,030,000 acres by 2022, the dashboard makes it all available at your fingertips.
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MDOT Delivers with County Transportation Profile Dashboard

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by Scott Hansen

“What can the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) do for you?” was the question posed by Meredith Hill, Innovative Planning and Performance Division Chief at the September Planning Directors Roundtable. Continue reading

Need help with Renewable Energy Siting? There’s a Tool to help

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by Sylvia Mosser

SmartDG+ is shining a light on solar siting in Maryland, ushering in a new era on the wind [turbine]s of change by providing access to mapped data to help developers and local governments evaluate screening factors—like proximity to existing transmission lines—to select prime locations for their solar and wind projects.  The mapping tool is co-sponsored by DNR’s Power Plant Research Program (PPRP) and the Maryland Energy Administration.  Shawn Seaman with PPRP and Shannon Long  with Environmental Resources Management, which is contracted by the State to assist with the application, conducted a live demo of the tool at the recent Planning Director’s Roundtable on Friday, September 20.  Shawn explained to the rapt audience that SmartDG+ was developed because smart siting wasn’t working for solar and wind projects in Maryland.  Continue reading

Planning Launches a New Online Tool to Support TOD Efforts Across Maryland: Part II

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by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Development and Infrastructure Planner
with Scott Hansen, Transportation Planner

Last month, the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) announced the official launch of a new online tool, called the Transit Station Area Profile Tool (TSAPT). The TSAPT, developed in partnership with the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), is designed to assist both the planning community as well as a variety of stakeholders with an interest in development trends spurred by Transit Oriented Development (TOD) across the state.  Continue reading

Planning Launches a New Online Tool to Support TOD Efforts Across Maryland: Part I

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On July 1, 2019, The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) is announcing the official launch of an exciting new online tool designed to both assist professionals in the planning process around transit stations – transportation “nodes” or “activity centers” in industry lingo – as well as to take some of the guesswork out of development trends spurred by these planning efforts for groups such as real estate agents, developers, investors, and even prospective homebuyers. Continue reading