Maryland Permanently Preserves 22 Working Farms

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The Maryland Board of Public Works approved 22 new Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF) easements at their meeting in May. These easements will permanently preserve an additional 3,339 acres of prime farmland in Caroline, Charles, Frederick, Garrett, Queen Anne’s Somerset, St. Mary’s, Talbot, and Worcester counties for an investment of more than $14 million. 

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Economic Development Collaboration Continues in Maryland

From Our Partners 

Maryland’s Regional Resources Teams are back in action and touring various projects throughout the state this summer.

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Maryland Department of Agriculture Announces Recruitment for International Marketing Opportunities

From Our Partners 

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

In June, the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) announced it is recruiting participants for three international trade activities occurring between mid-August and mid-October 2022. Attending the events can help Maryland food and agricultural businesses reach new buyers across the world.

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Maryland Department of Planning’s 2022 Brownfields Webinars Recordings Now Available Online

Planning in Progress

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

As part of the Maryland Department of Planning’s (Planning) ongoing commitment to advancing brownfield assessment, remediation, and redevelopment in the state, the department hosted a three-part webinar series in June. Entitled “From Due Diligence to Redevelopment,” the three-part series provided information and tools to officials and community stakeholders, with sessions about environmental due diligence, the new ASTM Phase I ESA Standard, and revitalization and redevelopment.

The sessions provided attendees opportunities to learn not only essential environmental and statutory requirements for brownfield property transactions from regulatory, legal, and consultant experts, but also the chance to benefit from the redevelopment knowhow of federal, state, and real estate development specialists. Recordings of the sessions can be viewed on Planning’s website.  

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HB 90 (2021) Modifies Comprehensive Plan Housing Element Requirements: What Maryland Jurisdictions Need to Know

Resources and Tools 

by Joseph Griffiths, AICP, Local Assistance and Training Manager

In June 2020, HB 1045 (2019) required, for the first time, that all Maryland comprehensive plans include a housing element addressing affordable housing for low income and workforce households.[1]

In response to this requirement, the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning), in partnership with the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and a diverse housing stakeholder group, developed a Housing Element Models & Guidelines website.

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