Priority Funding Areas Frequently Asked Questions

Planning in Progress

Here at the Maryland Department of Planning, Priority Funding Areas, or PFAs, are part of our daily routine. PFAs were enacted by Maryland in 1997 and are defined as existing communities and places designated by local governments indicating where they want state investment to support future growth.

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Pat Goucher

In Memoriam 

by Bihui Xu, Transportation Planner, with Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner 

Patricia (Pat) Ann Goucher worked at the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) for more than thirty years. She began her career at Planning as a staff planner and worked in a variety of positions to rise through the ranks to management level.  

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The MPCA Recognizes the Great Work of Maryland’s Citizen Planners 

MPCA Corner 

At its 38th Annual Conference, hosted October 25 – 27, the Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) was honored to recognize the impact of the following citizen planners. Please join the MPCA in celebrating engaged citizens and board members that contribute so much to Maryland’s communities.

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Maryland Land Trusts to Pilot New Technology for Conservation Monitoring:  

Maryland Environmental Trust, Lower Shore Land Trust Receive Grant 

In Case You Missed It!  

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The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) and  Lower Shore Land Trust, Inc. (LSLT) were jointly awarded a grant from the Land Trust Alliance and The Nature Conservancy-California to pilot state-of-the-art technology for monitoring land conservation easements.  

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Department of the Environment Acts to Advance Clean and Renewable Energy at Redevelopment Sites 

From Our Partner Agencies

Public comment welcomed on proposed regulation to waive cleanup program fees for sites slated for green energy projects; proposal stems from governor’s task force recommendation and legislation 

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is encouraging the development of clean and renewable energy projects on abandoned or under-utilized waste sites in need of environmental cleanup. 

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