Learning Opportunities Delivered on Wednesdays  from the Maryland Department of Planning

Planning Practice Wednesday
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Planning Assistance in Action
Planning Supports the Analysis of Transportation Improvements along North Avenue in Baltimore
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The Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) is partnering with the City of Baltimore (City) and the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) on the North Avenue Rising Project. The City and communities making up North Avenue have come together and expressed the shared vision of revitalizing the corridor to its full potential. Already, significant investments in the corridor have been and are being made in redevelopment and quality of life by institutions, NGOs, and private sector parties.

Resources and Tools
Planning Makes Interactive Mapping Accessible and Simple with FINDER Online
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You don't need expensive software to access and analyze current mapping data of Maryland's 2.2 million parcel records. Planning has developed an interactive and free mapping tool called FINDER Online, which is an excellent resource for local planning offices and interested citizens. FINDER Online users can access and overlay data including parcels, recent property sales, and aerial imagery with established geographies such as Generalized Zoning, Priority Funding Areas, Census Boundaries, Land Use/Land Cover, and Floodplains.

Smart Growth Information Clearinghouse at SmartGrowth.org

The Smart Growth Network (SGN) is a partnership of government, business, and civic organizations that support smart growth. Created in 1996, the network has become a clearinghouse for information about smart growth strategies (thus the name, Smart Growth Information Clearinghouse, or SGIC) through the website, Smart Growth Online, 

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.

HUD Programs: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of HAP Contract Renewals, the RAD Program and the 202/811 Program
Thursdday, April 6 - Silver Spring, MD 

Green Building Discussion Group | Keeping PACE: Guidance and Financing for Energy Efficiency in Affordable Housing
Tuesay, April 18 - Washington, DC
Listed webinars are typically free or low cost and cover a wide range of planning related issues. Many include CM credits.

The Comprehensive Planner: Taking a Systems Perspective
Friday, April 14 @ 1 p.m. 
CM Approved

TRB Webinar: Reconstructing Old Traffic Circles into Modern Roundabouts
Wednesday, April 19 @ 2 p.m. 
CM Approved
Training Around the State
Workshops and classes offered by state agencies or our partners. 

Building Urban Habitats with Youth
Thursday, April 6 - Online
Preservation Planning and Policy Development for Historic Roads
Tuesday, April 25 - Washington, DC
Funding Opportunities
Federal, state and/or non-governmental funding.

Rural Economic Development Loan & Grant Program
(Deadline Soon)
USDA Rural Development - Deadline: March 31

Municipal Officers Training Grant Program 
(Just Announced)
Maryland Municipal League - Deadline: April 7
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.