In a July 17th article in Maryland Matters, the Maryland Planning Commissioners Association’s (MPCA) Outreach Project was highlighted. This project is an effort to listen to stakeholders so that Maryland’s planning community can best meet the needs of local jurisdictions. The MPCA is a statewide, nonprofit educational organization of municipal, county and regional planning commissioners and boards of zoning appeals members.
MPCA members work to improve the quality of life for all Marylanders through planning, environmental protection, historic preservation, and growth management. Continue reading
Wendi Peters’ Experience Spans Local, State Government
Yesterday, Wendi Peters, a Mount Airy native, was sworn in as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) by Governor Larry Hogan after being appointed earlier this month. Continue reading
Press Release July 7, 2016
Announces Multi-Agency Work Group, Request for Information to Find Solutions for Reducing Bay Pollution
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today held Maryland’s first Conowingo Dam Summit, and announced the formation of a multi-agency work group to seek innovative solutions for reducing pollution that threatens the Chesapeake Bay.
From the Maryland Association of Counties’ blog, Conduit Street, by Les Knapp
County and municipal governments are working with the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) to transition from a 6-year to a 10-year comprehensive planning and zoning cycle. HB 409 and SB 671 of 2013 moved to a 10-year cycle, and, to the extent practicable, makes the cycle coincide with the release of data from the United States decennial census. The legislation also required a “check-up” at the 5-year point of a comprehensive plan’s adoption and was amended to clarify that a local government that adopted a growth tier under the Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012 must integrate the tiers into its comprehensive plan when the plan would be next reviewed under the jurisdiction’s current 6-year cycle. As the bills were part of MACo’s 2013 Legislative Initiative package, MACo supported the bills. Continue reading
In August, the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) announced the release of its Property Map Product datasets for open distribution via its Open Data GIS Downloads website.
The Open Data Initiative, part of a statewide effort to increase the availability and distribution of datasets to Marylanders, is intended to provide consistent and up-to-date data and streamline the process for users to access data. In the few months since the release, our analysis – done via preliminary statistics in Google Analytics – shows there has been a significant increase in the number of users obtaining MDP’s Property Map products.