Farm Alcohol Producers

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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.

35th Annual MPCA Conference

35th Annual MPCA Conference

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.

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APA Maryland Chapter Election Information

APA Maryland Chapter Election Information

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. 

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Recap & Videos from the APA Maryland Event - "Translating Science for Comprehensive & Environmental Plans"

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

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Bikemore Community Bike Tool Station

Bikemore Community Bike Tool Station

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.

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NPC18: Perspectives from an Emerging Planner

NPC18: Perspectives from an Emerging Planner

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.

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A Smarter Maryland for 2040

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