Nuisance Flood Plans – Moving Forward

Planning Assistance in Action 

by Deborah Herr Cornwell, PLA, ASLA, CC-P ®, Resource Conservation Planner 

The increasing frequency of tidally-driven nuisance flooding has been recognized as a concern by Maryland lawmakers (see Maryland HB1427 – 2019 and SB1006 and HB1350 – 2018), resulting in the requirement for local jurisdictions that experience nuisance flooding to develop a plan to address it. 

The legislation set October 1, 2020, as the deadline for plans to be developed. Considering the COVID-19 pandemic and the additional strains placed on resources, an extension of the submission deadline was granted. In compliance with the order of the governor dated March 9, 2021, the regulatory deadline extension will expire on June 30, 2021. 

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Maryland Department of Planning Develops Guidance on Plan Submissions

Resources and Tools 

by Joseph Griffiths, AICP, Local Assistance and Training Planner

The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) is responsible for reviewing and providing comments on a variety of locally developed plans and planning documents. A few of the most common plans the department reviews are comprehensive plans and amendments, municipal annexations, and Priority Funding Area certifications.  

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MDOT’s Commuter Choice Maryland Partner Program to Recognize Maryland Employers

Planning in Progress 

by Brittany Brothers, Communications & Outreach Coordinator Maryland Department of Transportation, with Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner 

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Commuter Choice Maryland program (CCMD), which helps mitigate traffic congestion and promote alternative commuting options, has been working hard to expand its services. CCMD is excited to announce the new CCMD Partner Program and is seeking employers (e.g., state and local organizations, nonprofits, and private sector companies) across Maryland who may be interested in becoming partners.              

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Maryland Opens New International Offices

Planning in Progress 

by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner 

London, England streetscene. Stock photo image.

Did you know that our state has a network of foreign trade offices around the globe? Maryland already had offices in fifteen locations and countries, including Africa, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Singapore, Taiwan, and United Arab Emirates, before adding more this April.

Expanding Maryland’s global footprint, the Maryland Department of Commerce (Commerce) opened three new European trade offices, one each in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany.  

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Maryland Department of Transportation and the Maryland Connected & Automated Vehicle Working Group to Host Webinar Series

Planning in Progress

The Maryland Connected & Automated Vehicle (CAV) Working Group, led by the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), in close coordination with the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning), is hosting a series of webinars June 15 and 16 to share knowledge of Maryland’s Connected & Automated Vehicles (CAV) Strategic Framework.

We seek to inform local agencies and professionals across the State about what CAV technology means, what resources are available – including the State’s very own CAV Strategic Framework, and how jurisdictions can begin to acquaint themselves and their communities about this life saving and mobility enhancing solution. During the regional webinars, we hope to:

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