Maryland Public Service Commission Disappointed With Federal Energy Order

Maryland's Public Service Commission (PSC) says it's disappointed with The Federal Energy Regulatory Committee's (FERC) ruling that will require PJM Interconnection, the State's Regional Transmission Organization (RTO), to drastically alter its market operations. The PSC believes it will have strong implications for the future of clean energy in the region. Four out of eleven states within PJM limits have in place subsidies for renewables, and fossil fuel generators complain that these subsidies put their industries…

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Maryland General Assembly to Consider Affordable Housing Measures

During the 2020 General Assembly Session legislators will examine proposals intended to increase the availability of affordable housing in Maryland. Delegate Vaughn Stewart intends to introduce the "Homes for All" package of bills that includes the creation of a fund for public housing, a revamp of tenant protections, and changes to single-family zoning. As States identify shortages in affordable housing, new ideas to increase the availability have become topics of discussion, and changing single-family zoning…

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State to Consider Tightening Public Information Timeframe

During the 2020 legislative session the General Assembly will assess the timeline for reporting under Maryland's Public Information Act (MPIA). Already pre-filed legislation would reduce the number of days government agencies have to provide requested documents from thirty down to seven.  Current State law affords agencies 30 business days to fulfill requests, making Maryland the most generous of the 39 states that have a set time-frame requirement. The other eleven states have vague language that…

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Virginia to Consider Statewide Density Increase Measures

Virginia's Legislature will contemplate a bill that would permit duplexes in all single-family zoned areas. The move comes after Oregon passed legislation effectively banning single-family zoning in June, and as previously reported on Conduit Street, Minneapolis eliminated their single-family zoning requirement in October. As states consider ways to increase the availability of affordable housing, proposals have included the addition of duplexes to single-family zoning, and allowing the addition of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) to single-family…

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Charles County Appoints New Director of Planning and Growth Management

Charles County Administrator Mark Belton announced Thursday the appointment of Deborah Carpenter as director of the Department of Planning and Growth Management. “Ms. Carpenter has an impressive breadth of experience working in county government, specifically in planning. She’s been a key leader in her field in both Garrett County and statewide,” said Belton. “I look forward to her knowledge and insight as the newest member of our Executive Leadership Team.” From the press release: As…

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EPA Issues Review of State Watershed Cleanup Plans

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released its comprehensive evaluations of state plans for cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay, according to a press release. The report notes strengths in Maryland's plan including the engagement of local agricultural partners, thorough verification of best management practices (BMP), and locally-driven strategies that can be effective at achieving several goals at once. Maryland’s plan meets its numeric planning targets for nitrogen and phosphorus at the state and statebasin…

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Study May Provide Direction to Forest Conservation Debate

A study available in June of 2020 could provide important information to the debate over forest conservation measures. Previous efforts aimed at strengthening forest conservation in Maryland have led to disagreements between developers that argue there is not enough evidence of net forest loss, and activists that say development has exacerbated the loss of forestland in the State. The study, which will utilize high-resolution data to map forest cover at one square meter per pixel,…

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Howard County Appoints New Director of Planning and Zoning

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced Monday the appointment of Amy Gowan as Director of Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning. “I am proud to announce that Amy Gowan has accepted the role of Director of the Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ). Through Amy’s leadership and experience, we will ensure that Howard County moves forward with sustainable land development, thoughtful community planning and necessary supporting infrastructure to provide a better quality of life…

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No Extension for Phosphorus Management Deadline

The Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Phosphorus Management Tool Advisory Committee has decided not to grant a one year extension to the deadline for compliance with restrictions on the use of poultry litter on fields. The deadline remains July 1, 2022.  Adopted in 2015, the Phosphorus Management Tool (PMT) requires Maryland farmers with fields that have high levels of phosphorus to limit the spreading of certain fertilizers, poultry and other types of animal manure, and sewage…

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Big Changes to Maryland’s Senate Leadership

Presumed Senate President Bill Ferguson announced new Senate leadership positions Thursday including confirmation of two new committee chairs, three new vice-chairs, and the addition of two new titles. Montgomery County leads the tally in prominent committee leadership roles with four, Prince George's County has two, and Howard County, Anne Arundel, and Baltimore County are all represented once. Sen. Guy Guzzone (Howard County) will be the new chair of the Budget and Tax Committee, swapping roles…

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