New! Maryland Coast Smart Map Layer Now Available: Climate Ready Action Boundary (CRAB)

Resources and Tools

by Chuck Boyd, AICP, Director Planning Coordination with Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner

The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) recently updated its Maryland Growth & Conservation Map to include Maryland Coast Smart – Climate Ready Action Boundary (CS-CRAB) information. This GIS overlay to the Growth and Conservation interactive map shows local and state targeted growth and conservation areas for coordinated planning, management, and resource allocation. The purpose of displaying these areas is to identify where and how local and state government and the private sector can work together to achieve common goals.

Figure 1 – Screenshots showing home screen of Coast Smart CRAB GIS layer of the Maryland Growth and Conservation Map and inset showing a detailed view of a section of Maryland coastline.
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Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Planning in Westminster, Carroll County: An Interview with MAGIC

Local Spotlight 

by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner with Graham Dodge, Executive Director, MAGIC 

Planning Practice Monthly has been reporting for some time on the advent of connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies and the Statewide CAV Working Group’ s efforts to begin planning for new modes of transportation that will likely include driverless and/or self-driving vehicles in the not-so-distant future. (Visit our archives webpage to read additional CAV coverage.) 

It’s one thing to discuss implementing CAV technologies; however, it’s an entirely different story to craft policies and regulations for adopting them, much less to identify and construct new infrastructure to make their use viable and safe. So, what are the steps involved? How does a jurisdiction begin to understand and plan for technologies that still feel distant and futuristic, but are seemingly inevitable and just over the horizon? 

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Legislative Recap: 2022 Session Bills Impacting Planning

Planning Assistance in Action 

Fig 1 – Aerial photo showing the Maryland State Capitol. Photo source:

The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) strives to inform counties and municipalities of legislation that impacts local planning efforts, and as needed, develop guidance and technical assistance to help jurisdictional staff and citizen planners address any new requirements or access new resources.

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Housing Needs Assessment and 10-Year Strategic Plan – Part V  

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

In the January edition of Planning Practice Monthly, we introduced the Maryland Housing Needs Assessment & 10-Year Strategic Plan (Needs Assessment) and how it can be of value to Maryland jurisdictions in developing the required Housing Elements in their comprehensive plans. In February we summarized Section 2 of the report, dealing with proposed statewide priorities and in March we covered Section 3, which addressed the state of housing in Maryland. Last month, we took a look at Section 4, Needs by region & core actions to address them.

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U.S. Census Announces Revised Release Dates for 2020 Census Data Products

In Case You Missed it

The U.S. Census Bureau announced revised release dates for the next set of 2020 Census data products, starting with the release of the Demographic Profile and the Demographic and Housing Characteristics File (DHC) in May 2023. 

The Census Bureau stated the revised schedule enables them to take the time needed to produce the high-quality statistics the public expects. This was due largely to COVID-19 impacts on data collection, as well as the need for accurate processing and meeting confidentiality requirements; these data releases come later than the corresponding releases in the 2010 Census.  

For local governments, if this revised 2020 Census data release schedule affects your comprehensive plan review/update schedule, please contact your Maryland Department of Planning regional planner to discuss how the department may be able to assist.

For more information, on 2020 Census data products and the release dates please visit