Now Open! Take the Compatible Use Website and Handbook User Experience Survey 

Planning in Progress  

by Sarah Diehl, AICP, Compatible Use Community Liaison  

Fig 1 – The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform at the Ocean City Air Show in Ocean City, Maryland on June 19, 2021. Photo source: U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Allen Griffith, https://www.flickr.com/photos/mdng/51279731410/. 

Do you live or work near one of Maryland’s 20 military facilities? Are you interested in the military presence across the state? We want to hear from you! 

The Maryland Department of Planning has created an online survey to learn how community members interact with, seek information about, and envision compatible development between the state’s military installations and surrounding communities now and in the future.  

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Reminder! Register Now for Maryland Statewide Brownfield Conference

Planning to Host Inaugural Conference, Toward Beneficial Reuse, November 16-17

Planning in Progress  

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

Figs 1-4 – The former McCord Laundry builing in Easton, MD, once a brownfield, is now a LEED building housing the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy.

Over two half-days in November, the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) will host the Inaugural Maryland Statewide Brownfield Conference – Toward Beneficial Reuse. The conference is part of Planning’s ongoing commitment to the principles of smart growth, which encourage brownfield redevelopment.

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Planning Awarded U.S. EPA Community-wide Brownfield Assessment Grant for Eastern Baltimore County 

Planning Assistance in Action

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

On May 11, 2021, the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) was awarded its first-ever EPA Community-Wide Assessment Grant from EPA Region III. The grant offers Phase I and II environmental site assessments (ESAs) at no cost to public or private owners of contaminated properties in eastern Baltimore County. (Refer to EPA’s fact sheet, Assessing Brownfield Sites, for a definition and description of Phase I and II ESA processes.) 

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New! Planning Launches Transportation Planning ‘Snapshot Maryland’ Dashboard 

Resources and Tools 

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

Fig 1 – Screenshot showing home screen of the new Snapshot Maryland Transportation Planning Dashboard. 
Fig 1 – Screenshots showing the Snapshot Maryland Transportation Dashboard home screen.

The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) has just launched the newest tool in our Snapshot Maryland series of interactive dashboards, designed to assist planners and local governments in transportation planning. The Transportation Planning Dashboard is an interactive web map that provides users with socio-economic, demographic, employment, commuting information, and other transportation-related data. The Transportation Planning Dashboard is one of many dashboards planned under the Snapshot Maryland initiative. 

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Now Open: US EPA Solicitations for FY2022 Brownfield Grants 

The Environmental Protection Agency defines a brownfield as a “property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.”

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