Learning Opportunities Delivered on Wednesdays  from the Maryland Department of Planning

Planning Practice Wednesday
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Planning Assistance in Action
A Community Effort for Placemaking on Smith Island

Smith Island, home to the official dessert of Maryland, the aptly named Smith Island Cake, inhabits a unique position in Maryland's physical and cultural geography. The only inhabited island in the Chesapeake Bay accessible solely by boat, Smith Island is a waterman community (fishing, crabbing, oystering) rich in history and identity. The community recently concluded a year-long visioning process that resulted in the adoption of the 2016 Smith Island Vision Plan. As part of this effort, one issue repeatedly came up; the desire for an outdoor gathering space on the Island. This vision is about to become reality, as a collaboration between community, business, and governmental organizations successfully applied for and received a $5,000 Placemaking Grant award from the National Association of REALTORS® to construct a pocket park on a currently vacant lot adjacent to a picturesque marsh in the Village of Ewell ...
Resources and Tools
Planning Simplifies Annual Reporting; Encourages Localities to Embrace the Opportunity

For the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) and jurisdictions around the state, spring and early summer are Local Government Annual Reporting season. While that might not sound like something to get excited about, it is a vital time of year for reviewing development progress, initiating conversations about the direction of Maryland's communities, and reconnecting state and local planning officials.

The Land Use Article of the Maryland State Code requires that Planning report on growth-related changes and permitting activity submitted annually by each jurisdiction with planning and zoning authority ...
Meet the Planning Staff
Joe Griffiths

Joe Griffiths joined the Maryland Department of Planning in January as Manager of Local Assistance and Training unit in Planning Services. Joe was previously Manager of the Community Outreach and Information Division at the Loudoun County (Virginia) Department of Planning and Zoning, where he oversaw outreach and support functions for the county's ... 
Continuing Education & Training
In each newsletter, we highlight the most relevant and timely upcoming events. Our website does include many additional events, so please visit it regularly for updates. Listings are searchable by subject.
Upcoming Conferences and Seminars
Planning related conferences in Maryland and nearby states.

Green Building Discussion Group | Keeping PACE: Guidance and Financing for Energy Efficiency in Affordable Housing
Tuesday, April 18 - Washington, DC 

GW Symposium on Cities and Immigration
Friday, April 21 - Washington, DC
Listed webinars are typically free or low cost and cover a wide range of planning related issues. Many include CM credits.

The Place Value Economy: Growing Local Business through Economic Gardening
Wednesday, April 19 @ 12 p.m. 

Fostering Smart Growth in Rural Communities
Thursday, May 4 @ 1 p.m. 
Training Around the State
Workshops and classes offered by state agencies or our partners. 

Baltimore: Energy Modeling in Research and Design
Spomsored by BEC-Baltimore
Tuesday, April 18 - Baltimore, MD
Preservation Planning and Policy Development for Historic Roads
Sponsored by National Preservation Institute
Tuesday, April 25 - Washington, DC

Funding Opportunities
Federal, state and/or non-governmental funding.

Rural Cooperative Development Grant Program
US Department of Agriculture - Deadline: May 26

African American Heritage Preservation Program Grants for Capital Projects 
Maryland Historical Trust - Deadline: July 15
Planning Practice Wednesday is a service of the Maryland Department of Planning. The Maryland Department of Planning is providing links to training and educational content relevant to planning and growth as a service to its mailing list subscribers. The content and views expressed are not necessarily those of Planning or the State of Maryland.