Meet the Planning Staff: Sandy Schrader

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Meet the Planning Staff

Deputy Secretary Sandy Schrader joined the Maryland Department of Planning in January 2019. Sandy and her husband, Dennis, are both originally from Buffalo, New York. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Medaille College and a master’s degree from The State University College at Buffalo. After accompanying Dennis on multiple tours of duty with the U.S. Navy including Sigonella, Sicily, they settled in Howard County, Maryland. Maryland has been their home for over 33 years after living and traveling all over the world. More

Public Comment Period Now Open for Maryland’s Draft Phase III WIP

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Planning Assistance in Action

Most people living in the Mid-Atlantic region know the Chesapeake Bay as the source of Maryland Blue crabs, oysters and countless opportunities for recreation. However, most people are probably not aware that with a watershed covering more than 64,000 square miles, fed by more than 150 rivers and streams and spanning parts of six states and Washington D.C., the Bay is the largest estuary in North America and one of the most productive bodies of water in the world More

A Better Maryland Draft Plan Out for Public Comment

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Planning in Progress

Planning has completed a draft of the new state development plan, A Better Maryland. The department would like to thank everyone who provided input, as it helped shape and formulate the draft plan. Our outreach process began in fall 2017 with meetings in all 23 counties and Baltimore City. Each day-long visit included meetings with elected officials, staff and a general public meeting. Staff met with every jurisdiction for a second round of meetings in fall 2018 and have been working on the draft plan for the past several months. You can check out notes from both round of public outreach on the project’s input page. More

Don’t Forget to Bike to Work on May 17

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Resources and Tools

I bike to the office most work days; cold, hot, and in between. I live in Baltimore. It is about a 20 minute ride down the Maryland Avenue Cycle Track and through some side streets to Planning’s State Center headquarters on Preston Street. I can confirm without hesitation that the days I ride into work are more productive, and that my trips home far more enjoyable than the stop and go of rush hour traffic. I strongly encourage everyone to consider riding to work when they can, and what a better time to start than May 17, Bike to Work Day. More

Regional Workshop a Hit!

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MPCA Corner

Hagerstown city attorney, Jennifer Keefer, reviews the intricacies of Ex parte’ communication with workshop attendees

The Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) conducted its first Regional Workshop at the University of Maryland, Hagerstown on March 29th. Close to 40 citizen and professional planners participated in an event designed to bring key sessions from the annual conference out to planners in Western Maryland. More

Save the Date! MPCA Fall Conference scheduled for November 6 and 7 in Aberdeen!

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MPCA Corner

The MPCA conference is coming to Aberdeen this fall, and the organization looks forward to collaborating with all planners, both of the citizen and professional variety, on November 6-7. Look for more information soon!

Smart Growth Network Brings Planning Resources and Education Together in One Place

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Resources and Tools

Planning is a proud contributor to the Smart Growth Network (Network). The Network is a partnership of government, business, and civic organizations that support sustainable growth and efficient public investment. The Environmental Protection Agency is one of the founding partners of the Network and funded the Maryland Department of Planning’s work to develop the Smart Growth Information Clearinghouse. The website, Smart Growth Online, features an extensive array of smart growth-related news, events, information, research, presentations, and publications. More

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