The Maryland Department of Planning kicked off the 2018 MACo Summer Conference on August 15, 2018, by offering its free planning and land use course to a packed house of county, municipal, and state officials. The several hour course outlines the history of land use in Maryland, basics of planning and Smart Growth, engaging with elected officials and the public, and key land use issues currently facing the state.
While designed for planning commissioners and board of appeals members, any interested county official can attend. The course is required under state law and is offered at the MACo Summer Conference, MML Annual Convention, and online. You do not have to be registered for the MACo conference to attend this session.
Maryland Department of Planning staff, including Lower Eastern Shore Regional Planners Keith Lackie and Tracey Gordy, and Director of Planning Coordination Chuck Boyd walked attendees through the course materials.