Baltimore County Announces Zoning Request Dashboard

Baltimore County’s Department of Planning has launched a new interactive web dashboard displaying zoning issues raised during the 2020 Comprehensive Zoning Map Process (CZMP), making the process more accessible to county residents. “Since taking office, my administration has made it a priority to make county services more accessible and transparent,” County Executive Johnny Olszewski said. “The Comprehensive Zoning Map Process is a critical step in determining land use and planning for  our county, and we’re committed to…

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Pickard Elected Chair of Anne Arundel Council

The Anne Arundel County Council yesterday voted unanimously to elect Council Member Allison Pickard, a member of MACo's Legislative Committee, as its new chair. Council Member Sarah Lacey was elected vice-chair. Pickard, who represents District 2,  takes the reigns from Council Member Andrew Pruski, who has served as chair since December of last year. "Tonight by a unanimous vote of Council Colleagues I was elected chair of the Anne Arundel County Council. I am proud…

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City Council Approves Public Campaign Financing Option

The Baltimore City Council today approved legislation to establish public campaign financing for candidates seeking City elective office. The voluntary program would allocate matching funds to candidates who agree not to accept individual donations larger than $150 or donations from corporations, unions, and political action committees (PACS). According to WYPR: For example, mayoral candidates must raise either $40,000 or receive donations from 500 individuals or more to tap into the fund; candidates for comptroller or…

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Local Election Officials Can Get Free Post-Election Auditing Tool from the Feds

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is offering state and local election officials free access to post-election auditing software ahead of the 2020 elections. The tool, known as Arlo, is being created by VotingWorks, a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to building secure election technology. According to Route Fifty: “Heading into 2020, we’re exploring all possible ways that we can support state and local election officials while also ensuring that Americans…

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Large County Coalition to Discuss Diversity in Local Procurement at #MACoCon

During their annual MACo Large County Coalition Winter Conference Luncheon, representatives from Maryland’s large counties will discuss best practices for increasing supplier diversity in local procurement. Simply put, supplier diversity aims to create an inclusive supply chain comprised of diverse vendors, such as women-, minority-, and veteran-owned businesses. The mission of the Large County Coalition is to promote collegiality and cooperation, share information, and develop strategic alliances among Maryland counties with populations greater than 200,000.…

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Maryland Joins Multi-State Appeal Challenging SALT Cap Ruling

Maryland, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York today filed a notice of appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to continue litigation against the federal government for its cap on the deduction for state and local taxes (SALT). The SALT deduction allows taxpayers to subtract state and local income, sales and property taxes from their federal tax payment. The 2017 federal tax overhaul capped SALT deductions at $10,000 – a move…

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Interactive Map Lets Harford Residents Track Transportation Projects

It is unquestionable that local governments – and, specifically, counties – maintain the lion’s share of the state’s roads and bridges. Unlike most other states, in Maryland, local governments own and maintain 83% of the roads. Harford County maintains more than 1,000 miles of roadways - the equivalent distance from Bel Air to Florida - and 223 bridges requiring dozens of major repair projects each year. In order to keep residents up-to-date on the latest…

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Carroll Planning and Zoning Commission Approves 2019 Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan

The Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission (P&ZC) last week approved a resolution for the 2019 Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan. The multimodal transportation plan focuses on bicycle and pedestrian movement as well as recreational and tourism opportunities throughout the County. According to a press release: Planning staff worked extensively with the Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission, municipal staff, municipal planning and zoning commissions, and Carroll County citizens throughout the planning process. An interactive map featuring…

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State Awards $9 Million in Tax Credits to Revitalize Historic Buildings

Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT), a division of the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning), has awarded eight projects more than $9 million in tax credits in order to encourage private sector investment in the rehabilitation and re-use of historic buildings and promote investment in local economies. The private sector will invest more than $180 million in the eight projects, which are expected to create more than 600 jobs, according…

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FCC Deals “Major Setback” to 9-1-1 Location Accuracy

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Friday adopted new rules designed to improve location accuracy for wireless 9-1-1 calls in multi-story buildings. The Order adopts a vertical -- or "z-axis" -- location accuracy metric of ±3 meters relative to the handset for 80% of indoor wireless 9-1-1 calls. According to the FCC, "This accuracy metric— within three meters above or below the phone—will more accurately identify the floor level for most 9-1-1 calls and is…

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