Learn About ‘The Power of Planning’ at #MACoCon

On Thursday morning of MACo’s Winter Conference, be sure to attend our panel on planning and zoning.  

Planning and zoning policy is one of the primary tools of county governments. It can be used to shape the very look, smell, and feel of our communities and can be the driver or denier of development. Because of this importance, planning and zoning policy can also be hugely controversial. Look no further than the recent housing crisis to see critics point to local planning and zoning policy as a problem. Because of the power and controversy, it is critical to know the basics of planning and zoning policy and how counties can use it most effectively.

Title: The Power of Planning – Shaping Your Community

Description: Almost universally, planning and zoning policy is one of the core functions of local government. Very few policy tools shape the look and feel of our communities in the same way. How counties choose to exercise this tool can also be incredibly controversial. From long-term planning to ensuring adequate infrastructure…in deciding what goes where, planning and zoning policy touches every corner of a community. This panel covers the fundamentals of planning and zoning policy, giving policy makers a crash course on one of their most effective tools.  


  • Amy Moredock, Planning and Zoning Director, Queen Anne’s County 
  • Derick Berlage, Deputy Director of Planning, Prince George’s
  • Brian Shepter, Deputy Director, Planning and Zoning , Howard County

Moderator: The Honorable MC Keegan-Ayer, Council President, Frederick County  

Date/Time: Thursday, January 5, 2023; 9:15 am – 10:15 am 

MACo’s Winter Conference, “Hit the Ground Running,” will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, MD from January 4-6, 2023 (with a pre-conference orientation for new county officials on January 3).

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