Southern Maryland Forum Discusses PlanMaryland Concerns

An April 27 SoMdNews.com article reports on a forum where State and Calvert and Saint Mary’s County planning officials discussed the implementation of PlanMaryland.  The event  featured Maryland Department of  Planning Services Director Richard Josephson, Calvert County Director of planning and Zoning Chuck Johnston, and Saint Mary’s County Director of Land Use and Growth Management Phillip Shire.  Many counties have been […]

MACo Joins Sprawl and PlanMaryland Debate on Marc Steiner Show

On April 25, MACo Associate Director Les Knapp joined Maryland Secretary of Planning Richard Hall and University of Maryland Public Policy Professor and former state legislator Gerald Winegrad on the Marc Steiner radio show to discuss sprawl and land use planning in Maryland.  The discussion centered on a March 30 Urbanite Magazine article entitled “The Era of Suburban Sprawl Has to End.  So […]

Eastern Shore Delegation Considers PlanMaryland

A January 13 Cecil Whig article summarizes portions of a presentation earlier that day by Maryland Secretary of Planning Richard Hall about PlanMaryland to the Eastern Shore delegation.  Friday, legislators said PlanMaryland should have been brought before the General Assembly instead of going straight to the governor. One of the biggest concerns was over a person’s ability to develop […]

Presiding Officers Discuss the Gas Tax, Maintenance of Effort, Teacher Pensions and PlanMaryland

During an interview on the Mark Steiner show on WEAA-FM, Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Mike Busch highlighted a number of issues that will be discussed during the 90 day General Assembly Session.  Comments on issues of importance to counties are summarized below. Possibility of Increase in the Gas Tax President Miller stated […]

Governor Comments on Budget Shortfalls, Maintenance of Effort, and PlanMaryland

During an interview on the Mark Steiner show on WEAA-FM, Governor O’Malley highlighted a number of issues that will be discussed during the 90 day General Assembly Session.  Comments on issues of importance to counties are summarized below. Three State Shortfalls and Possible Ways to Address Them The Governor states that the State is facing […]

MACo Prepares Summary of Final Version of PlanMaryland

As previously reported on Conduit Street, Governor Martin O’Malley has accepted the final version of PlanMaryland via Executive Order.  The final version of the Plan is 116 pages cover to cover.  MACo has prepared a 3-page summary of the Plan that provides an overview of each section of the Plan, including language and quotes that MACo believes are especially relevant to county officials.  Extra […]

St. Mary’s Commissioner Criticizes PlanMaryland

In a December 25 letter to the Baltimore Sun, Saint Mary’s County Commissioner Cindy Jones criticizes both the science behind PlanMaryland and the process used to vet the Plan with Maryland’s citizens.  Here is an excerpt: The science supporting PlanMaryland employs tactics such as changing the parameters on a chart to produce a favorable result, omitting pertinent […]

Debate Continues Over PlanMaryland

Debate over PlanMaryland has continued after Governor Martin O’Malley’s acceptance of the Plan on December 19 and there will likely be legislation introduced during the 2012 Session to limit the Plan or add General Assembly oversight.  The Plan adopted by the Governor through Executive Order is essentially a framework and many details have to be filled in before […]

Governor O’Malley Accepts PlanMaryland

According to a state house press release this morning, Governor O’Malley has received and accepted the Maryland Department of Planning’s latest version of PlanMaryland. From the Governor’s press release: ANNAPOLIS, MD (December 19, 2010) – Governor Martin O’Malley today accepted “PlanMaryland,” the State’s first long-range plan for sustainable growth, from Secretary Richard Eberhart Hall of […]