Deborah Carpenter, Garrett County Director of Planning and Land Management and an AICP member of the chapter, was awarded the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Recognition Award.Read More
The Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission celebrates and honors African-American heritage with this year's exhibit entitled, “Moving Out, Moving In, Moving Up: The Story of Black Migration and Immigration in Prince George’s County”. The exhibit is curated by the Black History Program, which strives to provide black history 365 days a year.Read More
The 2020 Census Grant Program (or the "Program") was created by the General Assembly in 2018 as a vehicle to support the accurate counting of the population of the State and its local jurisdictions and the collection of basic demographic and housing information of the population of the State for the 2020 Census.Read More
At the start of the 2019 New Year, we brought aboard two talented newsletter editors to join our team. APA Maryland members Olivia Ceccarelli-McGonigal and Ashlee Green will be providing their expertise and support for each newsletter that is published monthly. They will spearhead research on relevant topics happening in Maryland, locate articles of interest to planners, and assist with general editing and formatting on each issue. We are excited to have them aboard!Read More
On November 16, 2018, APA Maryland’s Executive Committee voted to appoint two new members to vacant Board positions. Angie Hernandez has been appointed to the position of Statewide Representative, and Alan Feinberg has returned to APA leadership to be appointed to the APA Maryland’s Western Maryland Representative. These new members will serve out the remainder of each position’s term, which both end on December 31, 2019. More information on our new Board members is below.Read More
We hear the phrase “good customer service” in the private sector, government, business ads, articles and many other places. Especially after the recession, everyone had to put more effort into keeping a client or work harder to gain a new client. The approach and results had to change. If you are providing the same product or service as others, what can set you apart?Read More
If you’re paying attention to the news this week, you’ll read stories on the latest findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). I’ll simplify it for you. World leaders are rightfully calling for a transformation of unprecedented scale because the window is narrowing. Adapting to meet these challenges will require a climate smart workforce featuring updated job skills, informed decision-making and new decision-support tools.Read More
The Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association held an event at The Old Westminster Winery in Westminster, MD on Wednesday, September 26th from 6-8PM. Speaker Brenda Dinne, of Carroll County Dept. of Land & Resource Management, joined us to discuss Farm Alcohol Producers in Carroll County. The presentations have generously been offered for others to view.
The Overview can be found here.
The Presentation can be found here.
The Maryland Planning Commissioners Association Conference is Coming to Gaithersburg this Fall.
Where is a Planning Commissioner or a member of a Board of Zoning Appeals member to go when seeking training and guidance on this critical issue? A great place to start is the Planning Commissioner Training Course, created following the Smart and Sustainable Growth Act of 2009. The course, available both online and in person at the Maryland Municipal League (MML), Maryland Association of Counties (MACo), and Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) conferences (as well as on demand for interested jurisdictions), contains modules on Planning 101, Comprehensive Planning, and Smart Growth in Maryland. It is an excellent first step, but what about the citizen planner who wants to take the next step? This is where the MPCA offers help.Read More
All walks of life were present at the NSF Smart and Connected Communities Conference, where avid listeners gathered to hear research about the plans for how to provide technology resources to Baltimore City residents.Read More
Hi everyone! As the Southern Maryland Representative for the Maryland Chapter of APA, I was excited to host my first APA event at Serenity Farms in Benedict, Maryland on May 18, 2018. The weather made it challenging but in spite of the torrential downpours and a few people having to detour to get there, it was a great turnout.Read More
On March 15, APA-Maryland began our call for nominations for our 2018 election cycle. APA-Maryland’s elections are now held in concert with the National APA election cycle, and are administered by APA-National. Because of a recent change in the APA-Maryland bylaws, we now have staggered two-year terms for all of our officers. This year we will be holding elections for the positions of Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Officers elected to each of these positions will be in office for two years, from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2020.Read More
On Friday, April 27, 2018 - MD APA hosted an educational workshop at the Aquaculture and Restoration Ecology Laboratory at Horn Point near Cambridge, MD. The event featured several informative speakers, a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of the oyster hatchery, and graduate student presentations. Check out the day's itinerary here.Read More
I first identified that my West Baltimore neighborhood needed a community Bike Tool station after I met some of my neighbors riding their bikes on flat tires. I lent them my tools and then realized that there isn't a nearby bike shop where you can access an air pump; Most neighborhood bike shops let you pump up for free. These new friends of mine have bikes, they just don't have tools. That's when I started planning to get a bike tool station installed in my West Baltimore neighborhood. Identifying the needs of this project was paramount to ensuring that it could come to fruition.Read More
300 years and counting. This year’s National Planning Conference, my first, converged on a city simultaneously honoring three centuries of rich history and culture, the City of New Orleans. While the Crescent City was celebrating its tricentennial with performances, dignified gatherings and community reunions, planners across the country like myself were taking it all in and delving deep into the issues facing our communities now and in the future. Of course, New Orleans, rife with immeasurable challenges over the last ten plus years, was an appropriate host to a conference for a profession centered on striving for resilience and equity in the built environment. For those grappling with how to tackle flooding without straining local resources, as many Maryland localities are, New Orleans showcased its leadership in that realm and how to thrive in cooperation with water, but not without major setbacks along the way.Read More
Governor Larry Hogan joined state representatives, stakeholders and national experts in smart growth practice last month to examine current smart growth policies for Maryland and strategies for bringing them into the 21 st century. Hosted by the National Center for Smart Growth, Smart Growth @ 20 reflected on how smart growth has performed over the past twenty years and began a new conversation about smart and sustainable development for the next two decades, addressing some of the state’s most pressing issues, including climate change, social equity, energy conservation, economic restructuring and technological innovation.Read More
On Monday April 9, 2018, the Maryland General Assembly completed it’s 2018 legislative session with Sine Die. Sine Die literally means “with no appointed date for resumption,” despite the fact that the legislature will reconvene on January 9, 2019.Read More