Planning Develops School Enrollment Projections

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By Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner and
Alfred Sundara, AICP, Manager, Projections and State Data Center

Each year as part of The Maryland Department of Planning’s statutory mandate to support Maryland’s public school systems, the Maryland State Data Center prepares public school student enrollment projections that look ten years into the future for the state’s more than 1,400 K-12 public schools. These projections are shared with the state’s twenty-four Local Education Agencies (LEAs) which represent Maryland’s counties and Baltimore City.

In turn, the LEAs share their own enrollment predictions, and then the two sets of data are compared. To finalize the numbers, the State Data Center and the LEAs’ projections must be within 5 percent of each other (i.e., a 5 percent tolerance). If an LEA’s projections are not within 5 percent of the State’s, the LEA and Planning review their data together to determine the reason for the discrepancy and arrive at a resolution. Continue reading

Planning Simplifies Annual Reporting; Encourages Localities to Embrace the Opportunity

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For the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) and jurisdictions around the state, spring and early summer are the Local Government Annual Reporting season. While that might not sound like something to get excited about, it is a vital time of year for reviewing development progress, initiating conversations about the direction of Maryland’s communities, and reconnecting state and local planning officials.  Continue reading

Low Response Dashboard – Predicted Areas of Low Response, Census 2020

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by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Development and Infrastructure Planner
with Alfred P. Sundara, AICP, Manager, Projections and State Data Center

The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) serves as the liaison to the United States Census Bureau for the upcoming Maryland Census 2020. Planning’s goal is to make sure every person in Maryland is counted. This is the most important count for our future. All of the Planning offices throughout the state are involved in helping to get everyone counted and we are most grateful for their efforts. Continue reading

Collaborative, Multi-Agency Transit-Oriented Development Web Page Launched in January

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

Understanding that Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) is a multidisciplinary, deliberative approach to incorporating principles of smart growth into new and/or redevelopment projects, it only makes sense to bring together key state agencies to create a single go-to TOD site. A new webpage has been created via a partnership among four Maryland agencies: the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning), the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), and the Maryland department of Commerce (Commerce). These agencies have collaborated to provide links to many of their individual and collective geospatial resources and tools in one location (see image of home screen below). 

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Planning Maintains Maryland Property Maps

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by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Development and Infrastructure Planner
with Gary Maragos, Manager, Property Mapping Unit

Did you know that Planning is responsible for updating and maintaining Maryland’s more than 2,800 property maps? What exactly does this mean and where can you access them? Continue reading

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