Outreach Effort Announced for “A Better Maryland” State Development Plan

A Maryland Planning Blog article (2017-10-25) announced the start of official outreach efforts for the new State Development Plan, now named “A Better Maryland.” A Better Maryland will replace the previous State Development Plan, PlanMaryland, that was recently repealed by Maryland Governor Lawrence “Larry” Hogan. The outreach will be conducted by the Maryland Department of … Continue reading Outreach Effort Announced for “A Better Maryland” State Development Plan

State Development Plan Process Outlined For Sustainable Growth Commission

The Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission received an overview of the state’s anticipated process for developing a new State Development Plan to replace the recently repealed PlanMaryland at the Commission’s September 25, 2017, meeting in the Town of North Beach. As previously reported on Conduit Street, Governor Lawrence “Larry” Hogan formally repealed PlanMaryland through an executive … Continue reading State Development Plan Process Outlined For Sustainable Growth Commission

Sun Op-Ed: State Development Plan Can Bring Smart Growth Into 21st Century

As previously reported on Conduit Street, former Maryland Secretary of Planning Richard Hall has criticized the recent decision by Governor Lawrence “Larry” Hogan to repeal PlanMaryland and create a new State Development Plan while the editorial board of the Baltimore Sun was willing to give the Governor “the benefit of the doubt.” National Center for Smart Growth … Continue reading Sun Op-Ed: State Development Plan Can Bring Smart Growth Into 21st Century

Community Gardens and Food System Plans: Creating A Win

A Sustainable City Network article (2017-10-25) discussed how two very different local governments (the City of Madison, Wisconsin, and Douglas County, Kansas) went about implementing community gardens and food system plans. City of Madison, Wisconsin The article noted that the City of Madison has supported community gardens since the 1990s. In 2014, the City partnered with … Continue reading Community Gardens and Food System Plans: Creating A Win

State Can Step Back From School Construction Reviews, Says Subcommittee

The Process Process, Procedure, and Educational Specifications Subcommittee discussed recommendations to the Knott Commission regarding areas where the state’s process can be scaled back to streamline school construction in Maryland. At today’s meeting of the process subcommittee of the Knott Commission on 21st Century School Facilities, the subcommittee discussed and voted on several recommendations to reduce … Continue reading State Can Step Back From School Construction Reviews, Says Subcommittee

MACo Agenda: 2018 Initiatives, Growth Plan, and School Funding

MACo’s offices will be abuzz on September 27, as the Legislative Committee will meet at 11am, and an ad hoc discussion on school funding will follow in the afternoon. The 11am meeting of the Legislative Committee involves designees from each jurisdiction, selected to represent their county. County officials, both elected and appointed, are welcome to … Continue reading MACo Agenda: 2018 Initiatives, Growth Plan, and School Funding

Anne Arundel To Consider 8-Year General Development Plan Cycle

An Anne Arundel County press release (2017-09-18) announced that County Executive Steve Schuh will introduce legislation reducing the County’s General Development Plan (GDP) cycle from ten years to eight years. From the press release: “Reducing the time period between General Development Plans will ensure more public input and greater transparency in the process,” said Schuh. … Continue reading Anne Arundel To Consider 8-Year General Development Plan Cycle

State Considering Two Potential “Aligning for Growth” Policies

The Maryland Department of the Environment’s Water Quality Trading Advisory Committee will be considering two potential options for offsetting water pollution generated by new growth under the State’s forthcoming “Aligning for Growth” (AFG) policy. Maryland is requiring to create an AFG policy as part of its Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) under the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily … Continue reading State Considering Two Potential “Aligning for Growth” Policies

Baltimore Sun, Rich Hall Offer Opposing Views on Hogan’s PlanMaryland Repeal

Two Baltimore Sun opinion pieces offer two different responses to Governor Lawrence “Larry” Hogan’s recent announcement formally repealing PlanMaryland and embarking on the creation of a new State Development Plan. A Baltimore Sun editorial (2017-08-21) noted that Plan Maryland itself had not been officially supported for some time but argued that some type of state plan is … Continue reading Baltimore Sun, Rich Hall Offer Opposing Views on Hogan’s PlanMaryland Repeal

What’s In Governor Hogan’s PlanMaryland Repeal Executive Order?

Maryland Governor Lawrence “Larry” Hogan signed Executive Order 01.01.2017.18 on August 19, 2017, which formally repealed PlanMaryland, the previous State Development Plan, and formed a process for creating a new State Development Plan. This article summarizes the contents of that order and also answers several related questions. What does the Executive Order do? Repeals PlanMaryland that was … Continue reading What’s In Governor Hogan’s PlanMaryland Repeal Executive Order?