Request for Session Proposals Extended

MPCA Corner

In last month’s Planning Practice Monthly, the Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) announced a request for proposals for the upcoming fall conference, scheduled for November 9 and 10, 2020 in Westminster. The MPCA is closely monitoring the pandemic and considering virtual conference options. Continue reading

Kristen E. Humphrey

Meet the Planning Staff

Kristen Humphrey joined Planning in August of 2017 as an Infrastructure and Development Planner. In this position, she worked primarily to assist the department in its role within the Maryland Public School Construction Program. In early 2018, Kristen began researching, writing, and editing articles for Planning’s e-newsletter, Planning Practice Monthly. Continue reading

The Census 2020 Self-Response Dashboard: Track Response Rates in Your Jurisdiction, Across Maryland, and Around the Country

Resources and Tools

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

For the first time, respondents to the U.S. Census can complete their Census survey online, by telephone, or the more traditional way, by U.S. Mail. And for the first time, anyone  — from planners, politicians and teachers, health care advocates and private citizens — wanting to see the results as they unfold, can do so online.

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NEW! Planning Launches Brownfield Redevelopment Assistance Program Webpage

Resources and Tools

by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner with
Sylvia A. Mosser, AICP, Resource Conservation Planner

Every county in Maryland has brownfields. They include buildings and sites previously used for dry cleaners, auto body repair, gas stations, manufacturing and industrial uses, as well as buildings with asbestos or lead-based paint issues. Obtaining funding for assessments and cleanup is key to local efforts to transform brownfields into community assets; whether for new businesses, government facilities, parks, or tourism destinations. Continue reading

New Howard County Stormwater Management Regulations: Leading the Way in Local Responses to High Intensity Storm Events

Local Spotlight

An Interview with the Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning
by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner

Twice in less than two years, in July 2016 and again in May 2018, catastrophic flash floods forever changed the economic and physical landscape of historic Ellicott City, located just 10 miles west of downtown Baltimore. These events were so dramatic and destructive to the former mill town that they attracted national, and even international, attention. Much has been written about the devastation, its causes, and the recovery that followed. But what about the measures taken to mitigate, if not prevent, flash floods from happening again? Continue reading

Digital Planning Directors Roundtable a Success

Planning in Progress

On Thursday, April 16, the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) conducted its first ever videoconference Planning Directors Roundtable. With more than 80 attendees, it was a big success! Planning conducts approximately three roundtables a year (it varies), but with the COVID-19 Pandemic, the typical in-person meeting in Crownsville was not an option. Continue reading

CARES for Planners

Planning in Progress

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, late last month the Federal Government passed a $2 trillion relief bill known as the CARES Act. This act includes $4.6 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and $12.5 million in homelessness services funding earmarked for Maryland. We understand that time is of the essence in the distribution of these funds to Maryland’s communities. Join Maryland DHCD staff members Cindy Stone, Director of Community Development Programs, and Stuart Campbell, Director of Community Programs, as well as Maryland Department of Planning staff, to learn more about the CARES Act and how Maryland’s jurisdictions can access the available funding.

Join us on Tuesday, April 28 from 2:30 to 4:00 by emailing Joe Griffiths at joseph.griffiths@maryland.gov. Joe will follow up with your invitation.