reBlog: Local Governments & MDP Work Through 10-Year Planning Cycle Transition

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

MDP’s Open Parcel Initiative Results in Increased Data Usage

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.

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MDP’s Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Profile Tool

By Scott Hansen, MDP Transportation Planning, & David Whitaker, AICP, MDP Communications

Models & Guidelines 30: Planning Tools for TOD

Models & Guidelines 30: Planning Tools for TOD

Owning a parcel near transit can open a wealth of development opportunities. Yet, how to achieve the most benefits from those locations can be a challenge. Transit-oriented development (TOD) is not any type of growth occurring near transit station. Instead, TOD features a well-designed and relatively high intensity of mixed land uses within a comfortable walk of a rail or bus transit station.  Continue reading