38th Annual MPCA Conference Registration now Available

MPCA Corner

In our June 7 edition of Planning Practice Monthly, we asked you to Save the Date. Now you can register to join the Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) for its 38th annual conference in Solomons on October 26-27.

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Planning Launches New Features on Housing Element Models and Guidelines

Resources and Tools

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

It’s that time of year again…June is American Housing Month

At the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning), we believe every Marylander deserves an opportunity for a  safe, affordable home,  to enjoy and share with their family.  

Last year at this time, both to celebrate and to do our part, Planning announced our new Housing Models and Guidelines (M&G) in our June 2020 edition of Planning Practice Monthly.  The Housing M&G is designed to help communities and planners develop Housing Elements as part of their comprehensive planning processes. Specifically, the Housing M&G helps local planners and other agency staff customize their processes and housing elements based on the unique characteristics and needs of their communities. 

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Maryland Department of Planning Staff Step Up to Support Partner Agencies Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Planning Assistance in Action 

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

Those of you who follow Planning Practice Monthly regularly may have noticed my name on the some of the bylines, or spotted my profile in a Meet the Staff piece currently posted on Planning’s Facebook page. (I serve as the principal writer and editor for the newsletter as part of my broader Local Assistance and Training Planner role for the department).  

You might have also noticed that the newsletter was on hiatus for several months and that this is our first issue following that break. The reason for the break was, starting mid-December to early-January, several Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) staff accepted temporary, but indefinite, assignments with various partner agencies to assist with the state’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. We have been asked to share some of our experiences beginning with this edition. 

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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 Entrepreneur Hub Launches to Support the State’s Innovation Ecosystem

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TEDCO, Maryland’s economic engine for technology companies, recently announced the launch of the Maryland Entrepreneur Hub (The Hub) in collaboration with the Maryland Department of Commerce (Commerce) and the University System of Maryland. 

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