Nominations Now Open for the 2022 Maryland Sustainable Growth Awards

Planning in Progress

The Maryland Sustainable Growth Awards celebrate significant achievements by individuals, businesses, organizations, and local governments to realize the twelve planning visions adopted by the Maryland General Assembly. The annual awards promote exemplary work that represents or inspires collaboration, innovation, conservation, community impact and quality of life. 

Continue reading

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

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

Resources and Tools

by Joseph Griffiths, AICP, Local Assistance and Training Manager, and 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.

Continue reading

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!

Continue reading

Maryland’s Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Working Group: Celebrating 2021 Accomplishments; Looking Forward to 2022

Planning in Progress

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

Figure 1 – Illustration showing autonomous vehicle parking on street, CAV Strategic Framework.

Despite the extraordinary circumstances of the global coronavirus pandemic, Maryland’s Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Working Group led and collaborated on numerous CAV-related research, education, and planning efforts in 2021. The team produced a variety of content ranging from a myth-busting social media campaign to a webinar series with partners across the state, including the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning), the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), and the Maryland Highway Safety Office.

Continue reading