Addressing affordable housing requires comprehensive strategies that invest in communities and support housing policies and programs at all levels. It also requires coordinated efforts between government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and the private sector.
Housing affordability can vary based on factors such as household income, family size, and proximity to work and services. Nevertheless, housing and transportation costs are usually a household’s largest expenses and, therefore, transportation costs must be factored into any housing calculation.
by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner
The Transit Station Area Profile Tool (TSAPT), first detailed in our June and August 2019 editions, is an online mapping and dashboard tool designed by Planning staff to assist professionals, investors, and citizens when planning around transit stations. Such transportation “nodes” or “activity centers” are generally known as Transit Oriented Development (TODs).
Understanding that Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) is a multidisciplinary, deliberative approach to incorporating principles of smart growth into new and/or redevelopment projects, it only makes sense to bring together key state agencies to create a single go-to TOD site. A new webpage has been created via a partnership among four Maryland agencies: the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning), the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), and the Maryland department of Commerce (Commerce). These agencies have collaborated to provide links to many of their individual and collective geospatial resources and tools in one location (see image of home screen below).
by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Development and Infrastructure Planner with Scott Hansen, Transportation Planner
Last month, the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) announced the official launch of a new online tool, called the Transit Station Area Profile Tool (TSAPT). The TSAPT, developed in partnership with the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), is designed to assist both the planning community as well as a variety of stakeholders with an interest in development trends spurred by Transit Oriented Development (TOD) across the state. Continue reading →
On July 1, 2019, The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) is announcing the official launch of an exciting new online tool designed to both assist professionals in the planning process around transit stations – transportation “nodes” or “activity centers” in industry lingo – as well as to take some of the guesswork out of development trends spurred by these planning efforts for groups such as real estate agents, developers, investors, and even prospective homebuyers.Continue reading →