Planning & Zoning Training at #MACoCon

Get basic land use planning and zoning training at the 2019 MACo Summer Conference. Note: This training is required for members of planning boards, planning commissions, and boards of appeals.

Planning Board, Planning Commissioner and Board of Appeals Members Education Course


This FREE course satisfies a training requirement that was part of the Smart and Sustainable Growth Act of 2009, which requires Planning Commission, Planning Board, and Board of Appeals members to complete an education course within 6 months after appointment to the Commission or Board. The Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) and the Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) is offering this course to all those who have not yet completed it.

The Course covers topics such as foundations of planning, the role of the comprehensive plan, standards for special exceptions and variances and implementing ordinances such as zoning and subdivision and adequate public facilities, planning law, ethics and the latest legislative and policy developments concerning planning in Maryland.

NOTE: You do not need to register for the conference to attend this course.


  • Tracey Gordy, Regional Planner, Lower Eastern Shore Regional Office, Maryland Department of Planning
  • Joseph Griffiths, Manager, Local Assistance and Training, Maryland Department of Planning
  • Chuck Boyd, Director of Planning Coordination, Planning Services Division, Maryland Department of Planning
  • Rieyn DeLony, Deputy Counsel, Maryland Department of Planning

Date & Time: Wednesday, August 14, 2019; 9:00 am – Noon

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