Maryland Department of Planning Partners with the Mid-Atlantic Planning Collaboration to Help Small and Rural Jurisdictions Complete a Zoning CheckUp

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In 2020, and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) joined the Mid-Atlantic Planning Collaboration (Collaboration), a consortium that also includes American Planning Association state chapters, the Maryland Planning Commissioners Association, the West Virginia Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic, the Virginia Rural Planning Caucus, and the Chesapeake Bay Program.

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It’s Time to Recognize Maryland’s Citizen Planners

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by Joseph Griffiths, AICP, Local Assistance and Training Manager

Do you know a citizen planner or entire planning board (planning commission, board of zoning appeals, historic district commission) that deserves recognition for their work in 2021 or 2022?  

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38th Annual MPCA Conference Registration now Available

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In our June 7 edition of Planning Practice Monthly, we asked you to Save the Date. Now you can register to join the Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) for its 38th annual conference in Solomons on October 26-27.

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Maryland Planning Commissioners Association Regional Workshop in Salisbury on Feb 21

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In the December edition of Planning Practice Monthly, we asked readers to save the date for a Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) regional workshop in Salisbury on February 21. You’ll be glad you did, because the event is shaping up to be an excellent opportunity for regional collaboration, citizen planner education, and networking! The MPCA is partnering with the City of Salisbury and the Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Salisbury University (PACE) for a full day (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) of engaging and informative sessions.  Continue reading

MPCA Holding Its 36th Annual Conference in November

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Registration is now open for the 36th Annual Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) Conference in Aberdeen, to be held November 6-7, 2019. The theme for this year is Meeting the Trends, Embracing the Future, and the agenda will be filled with sessions on timely topics that Maryland’s citizen planning boards currently face and will likely face in the future. The MPCA decided on this theme following two regional workshops this year (Hagerstown, Annapolis), at which participants expressed an interest in learning more about strategies to address emerging trends in the areas of housing, redevelopment, and public engagement.  See the recently posted notes from the Hagerstown and Annapolis meetings on the MPCA webpage. These are exciting areas for both growth and enhanced education. Continue reading