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 Departments of Commerce and Planning Develop Compatible Use Project Website

Planning in Progress 

by Joe Griffiths, AICP, Local Assistance and Training Manager

Previous editions of Planning Practice Monthly have included articles about the collaboration between the Maryland Departments of Commerce (Commerce) and Planning (Planning) on the Maryland Military & Civilian Compatible Use Project. 

To learn more, please check out this month’s Meet the Staff article featuring Sarah Diehl, Planning’s Compatible Use Community Planning Liaison. Now you can review project objectives and progress in one place on Commerce’s new Maryland Military & Civilian Compatible Use Project webpage.   

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The New Decade Means New Comprehensive Plans

Local Spotlight 

by Joe Griffiths, AICP, Local Assistance and Training Planner

Many jurisdictions coordinate the development of new comprehensive plans with the arrival of decennial census data. Census data is a foundation of comprehensive planning, providing a snapshot of Maryland communities, outlining growth trends, and distinguishing key demographic indicators.  

In 2013, House Bill 409 increased the review period of a local jurisdiction’s comprehensive plan cycle to 10 years, instead of six years. To learn more about the 10-year cycle and when your jurisdiction’s review is due, please visit the Maryland Department of Planning’s (Planning) Comprehensive Plan 10-Year Review Cycle webpage.   

As the lead agency for both the Maryland Census 2020 efforts and the 60-day review of comprehensive plans and their amendments, Planning is steeped in this topic. And while the 2020 Census data will not be published until later in 2021, many communities have already started their update, visioning, and community engagement processes.   

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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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Maryland’s Regional Teams Work to Enhance Collaboration in Economic Development

Planning in Progress

The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) isn’t the only state agency with a blog!

On June 1, 2021, the Maryland Department of Commerce (Commerce) published a post to its MDBiz News Blog about the Regional Resources Program, a close collaboration between Planning and Commerce. The program is designed to provide businesses and jurisdictions with cross agency support using a regional perspective and approach.

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