New! Federal Grant Opportunity Announced for Safer Streets and Roadways

From Our Partners 

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) establishes the new Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) discretionary program that will provide $5-6 billion in grants over the next five years.

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The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) establishes the new Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) discretionary program that will provide $5-6 billion in grants over the next five years.

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Mentorship for Maryland’s Citizen Planners

Share your knowledge and experience with new citizen planners

MPCA Corner

In 2021, the Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) began recruiting mentors to share their experience, wisdom, and lessons learned with new Planning Commissioners and Board of Appeals members. The MPCA reiterated this desire during its 2021 conference and is initiating the program in 2022. The MPCA has recruited a few mentors but is once again asking its members to consider helping those new to citizen planning.

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It might be Spring, but Walktober is Just Around the Corner

From Our Partners 

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

Figure 1 – Close-up photo of walking shoes hitting an urban trail, courtesy of MDOT.

The WALKTOBER 2021 campaign and Walk Maryland Day were by all accounts a great success! Events included scheduled walks organized by numerous agency and non-profit partners all around the state as well as an exciting program of webinars (dubbed Walkinars for the occasion) on a host of topics such as pedestrian safety, infrastructure, and health.

Sponsored by the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) with webinars hosted by the Maryland Department of Planning, the WALKTOBER 2022 campaign seeks continued and new partnerships among Maryland state agencies and non-profit organizations to help celebrate the Maryland’s official exercise: walking!

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Zach Dreyer

Meet the Staff

by Kristen Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner

Photo – Zach enjoying a trail bike ride.

Zach Dreyer joined the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) in December 2021 as a GIS planner. He has taken the lead on maintaining the department’s sewer database, and assists with tier map analysis, annexation mapping, Priority Funding Area (PFA) determinations, and mapping. He also sits on the Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee, supports comprehensive plan reviews and analysis, and generates maps upon request for a variety of state agencies and jurisdictions across Maryland.

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