Smart Growth Subcabinet Will Answer Your Questions at #MACoCon

Hear cabinet secretaries and other Administration leaders respond to county questions on critical growth and economic development issues at the December 2019 MACo Winter Conference. Once the Subcabinet has finished answering previously submitted questions, attendees will also have the chance to ask questions directly to Subcabinet members. The Subcabinet's meeting at the January 2019 MACo Winter Conference was one of the best attended meetings in the Subcabinet's history. A Chat With the Smart Growth Subcabinet…

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Wicomico Receives Open Space Grants for Athletic Complex, Parks Projects
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Wicomico Receives Open Space Grants for Athletic Complex, Parks Projects

Wicomico County recently received grant funding through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Program Open Space for projects at the Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex and Schumaker Park. Program Open Space provides financial and technical assistance to local subdivisions for the planning, acquisition, and/or development of recreation land or open space areas. According to a press release: The Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex received a $495,000 grant. Approximately $300,000 will go towards the development of…

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Gardner’s State of the County Address Focuses on “Liveable Frederick”

The state of Frederick County is strong, vibrant, and on the move, County Executive Jan Gardner said during her annual State of the County Address last week. “Livable Frederick lays the foundation for our bright future so we can make life better for the people who call Frederick home,” County Executive Gardner said. “We’ve embraced our rich history, invested in our people and places, and taken care of our citizens. We are leading the way…

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Howard to Expand Pickleball Courts as Demand Skyrockets

One of the fastest-growing sports in the country requires a court and a net. And, no, it's not tennis or badminton, it's pickleball. In order to meet the growing demand, Howard County’s Department of Recreation & Parks (HCRP) will add six pickleball courts to Alpha Ridge Park. A paddle sport played on a badminton-sized court with a slightly modified tennis net, the County began offering pickleball programs in the summer of 2014. “I want to…

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Submit Your Questions Now for the #MACoCon Smart Growth Subcabinet Meeting

The Smart Growth Subcabinet will be meeting at the 2019 December MACo Winter Conference and answering your questions on land use, environment, transportation, and other important county issues. 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 and advises on Maryland’s growth policies and laws. Its members (mostly…

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International Cycling Race Coming to Maryland Labor Day Weekend 2020

Starting Labor Day Weekend of 2020, Baltimore will host a major international cycling race for three years. While few detailed have been finalized, the 110- to 125-mile race would start and end in Baltimore City, but travel through surrounding counties. Terry Hasseltine, executive director of Maryland Sports and vice president of communications for the Maryland Stadium Authority, believes the event will bring a $20 million benefit to the area. From Baltimore Sun's coverage: The organizers…

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Save the Date: Historic Preservation Capital Grants Workshops

The Maryland Department of Planning offers a series of opportunities to learn more about grant writing for historic preservation throughout the state this November. The Historic Preservation Capital Grant Program promotes the acquisition, restoration, and rehabilitation of historic properties in Maryland. Eligible properties are listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, either individually or as a contributing structure within a district. According to the Maryland Historical Trust, the program has received…

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Baltimore County Refines Open Space Waiver Fee; Exempts Senior Housing From Impact Fees

A Baltimore Sun article (2019-09-04) reported that the Baltimore County Council approved legislation that eliminates deductions from developer fees for building and maintaining small parks or open space. Under County law, new home developers must set aside 1,000 square feet of open space per dwelling unit or pay an "open-space waiver fee." Previously, developers could reduce the fee by providing certain amenities, such as rooftop pools. However, such reductions are eliminated for new housing projects starting after…

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See Your County’s Latest “Open Space” Plan

As counties submit their annual Program Open Space (POS) land acquisition and facility development plans, they are posted on the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website. Under state law, counties are required to submit their plans by July 1 to DNR and the Maryland Department of Planning for approval. To see your county's annual submission click here.    

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Montgomery Set to Unveil State-of-the-Art Library, Community Rec Center

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and Council President Nancy Navarro will preside over a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the new Wheaton Library and Community Recreation Center on Sunday, September 8th at 2 p.m. The $70.9 million project and 92,000-square foot building is the first combined complex of its kind in Montgomery County, which will include a library, community recreation center, Friends of the Library used bookstore, park, underground parking garage and redesigned roadway. The…

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