Talk Land Use, Environment & Transportation with Smart Growth Subcabinet at #MACoCon

The Smart Growth Subcabinet is holding court at the 2019 January MACo Winter Conference. This is your chance to hear about land use, environment, transportation and other important county issues directly from Cabinet secretaries and other key Administration decisionmakers. Let MACo know if you have a topic you want directly addressed at the meeting (see instructions near the end of this post.) A Chat with the Smart Growth Subcabinet Description The Smart Growth Subcabinet oversees…

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Ball Reconsidering Proposed Ellicott City Demolition Plan

A WTOP news article (2018-11-14) reported that incoming Howard County Executive Calvin Ball is reconsidering a plan to demolish 10 historic buildings in downtown Ellicott City to help mitigate the catastrophic flooding that has swept through the area twice in the last several years. As a County Council Member, Ball voted against the flood mitigation plan, which had been proposed by outgoing County Executive Allan Kittleman. The proposed 5-year mitigation plan provoked some controversy with historical and…

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State Holding Phase III WIP Regional Workshops for Local Governments

In a joint press release (2018-11-08), the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology announced that several state agencies are hosting a series of regional workshops for local governments on the state's pending Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP). The WIP will guide both Maryland and its local governments on the third and final phase for achieving water pollution reduction goals under the Chesapeake Bay…

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Solar Siting Preemption Case Now Precedent

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has now released a precedent-setting opinion, Board of County Commissioners of Washington County v. Perennial Solar, LLC, which holds that the state can preempt local zoning when granting approval for the siting of a large scale solar project. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Court issued a decision in late August which held that state law allows the Public Service Commission (PSC) to preempt by implication the zoning of…

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Sierra Club Op-Ed: Adopt RGGI Approach to Curb Transportation Air Pollution

In an op-ed for the Maryland Reporter (2018-11-05), Maryland Sierra Club Transportation Director Lindsey Mendelson and Washington DC Sierra Club Chair Mark Rodeffer argued that Maryland and other Mid-Atlantic states must change their transportation systems in order to reduce harmful air emissions and reduce congestion. The writers advocated for instituting either a carbon "cap and trade" system for the transportation sector, similar to what has been done for power emissions under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative…

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Get Grant Funding For Your Outdoor Recreation Project Through the Federal Land & Water Conservation Fund

A Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) news release (2018-10-03) announced that the window for county and municipal governments to apply for grant funding from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund runs through December 18, 2018. All projects submitted for funding must be directly related to public outdoor recreation. The Fund is managed by the National Park Service and provides up to $800,000 to counties and municipalities through a 50 percent matching fund. Proposals…

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Schuh, Kittleman Out & Other Central Maryland Shakeups

This article summarizes key county races from Central Maryland for the 2018 election. Note: All vote totals cited in this article are from the unofficial results of the Maryland State Board of Elections (MSBE) as of 6:08 am on 2018-11-07. Anne Arundel County County Executive: In a highly contested race, incumbent County Executive Steve Schuh (R) lost to challenger Steuart Pittman (D). Pittman captured 109,585 votes (51.8%) while while Schuh managed 101,822 (votes (48.1%). County…

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Montgomery Elects Elrich as New County Executive

Marc Elrich (D) prevailed in a rare contentious general election in Montgomery County to become the County's next executive. Elrich faced two opponents in fellow Council Member Nancy Floreen (unaffiliated) and perennial candidate Robin Ficker (R). Floreen changed her party registration from Democrat to Unaffiliated after failing to beat Elrich in a crowded primary earlier this year and cast herself as a moderate left candidate against the more progressive Elrich. However, the tactic was unsuccessful…

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Franchot Cruises to Fourth Term as Comptroller

Peter Franchot (D) cruised to a fourth term as Comptroller of Maryland by defeating his challenger Anajali Reed Phukan (R). Franchot captured 1,488,620 votes (71.6%) to Reed Phukan's 587,182 votes (28.2%). Franchot is Maryland's 33rd Comptroller and was first elected to the position in 2006. In 2014, Franchot received more votes than any other Maryland candidate for a statewide office and appears to have repeated this feat for the 2018 election. Prior to winning the office…

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Maryland Attorney General Race: Four More Years For Frosh
Attorney General Brian E. Frosh
Maryland Attorney General Race: Four More Years For Frosh

Brian Frosh (D) captured a second term as Maryland's Attorney General, defeating his opponent Craig Wolf (R) in a strong showing.  Frosh captured 1,347,078 votes (64.0%) to Wolf's 755,073 votes (35.9%). Frosh is Maryland's 46th Attorney General and started his first term on January 6, 2015. Prior to that, Frosh served in the Maryland General Assembly for 28 years, including as chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee for 12 years. Frosh campaigned on consumer…

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