St. Mary’s Allocates $100,000 for Internet Provider Assessment

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County have voted to allocate $100,000 toward assessing local internet providers. Funds will go toward a report that will help assess available internet service provider options in the county, and identify opportunities to potentially bring in more service. The County's Chief Information Officer went before the Commissioners to ask for the allocation at a meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 15. Funding for the assessment will come from a federal CARES Act…

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Register for MPCA’s 37th Annual Conference Now!

The Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) will host its 37th annual conference in a virtual format from 9 AM- 4PM on Monday, November 9. The MPCA is partnering with the Maryland Department of Planning to take this year's conference virtual. Join planning officials and staff from across the state for an agenda filled with sessions on timely topics facing citizen planning boards now and in the future. What: Maryland Planning Commissioners Association 37th Annual Conference…

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Anne Arundel Names New Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Land Use

Today, Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman announced that Lori Rhodes will be the new Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Land Use. Pittman also announced that interim Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Health and Human Services, Pam Jordan will fill the role on a permanent basis. Rhodes will take the County's top land use position after a 30 year tenure with Anne Arundel government. She currently serves as Assistant Planning and Zoning Officer in the…

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As Deadline Approaches, Census Bureau Says It Has Counted 94% of Maryland Households

The U.S. Census Bureau today reported that 93.8% of Maryland housing units have been accounted for in the 2020 Census with 26% counted by census takers and other field data collection operations, and 65.8% of housing units responding online, by phone, or by mail. According to the data — which includes each state's housing enumeration progress through both self-response and by census takers through a process known as Nonresponse Followup —  91.8% of America's housing…

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Carroll Holding Public Meeting on Residential Zoning Changes

The Carroll County Department of Planning is hosting a public meeting on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm regarding text changes to the county’s residential zoning code. Carroll County is holding a public meeting to provide the public with updates on the residential zoning review process. Thus far the process has included work with a citizen review focus group that has provided feedback that has shaped the draft revisions of the…

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Carroll Contemplating Community Solar Zoning Changes

The Board of Carroll County Commissioners recently approved a zoning code amendment that would allow community solar projects on agricultural remainders between five and 20 acres. The amendment heads to the County's planning and zoning commission for final approval. Community solar allows consumers the option of purchasing solar energy produced by smaller solar arrays through subscriptions. This gives residents access to clean energy without having to install panels on their own property. In Maryland, community…

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Maryland Historical Trust Accepting 2021 Preservation Award Applications

The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) is accepting nominations for the 2021 Maryland Preservation Awards until September 30, 2020. MHT's annual awards represent the highest level of recognition for historic preservation in the state. Four categories of awards honor local governments, individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and others that have made outstanding preservation efforts. To submit a nomination for a particular award, visit the Maryland Historical Trust's Grant Application System. From the Historical Trust: Leadership and Service Awards…

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Frederick Prevails in Litigation Over Monrovia Town Center Zoning

In a unanimous decision, the Maryland Court of Appeals — the highest court in the State — ruled for Frederick County in a long-running legal battle regarding the zoning of 450 acres of agricultural land in the southeastern part the County, often referred to as the Monrovia Town Center. The project was first approved by the last Board of County Commissioners in 2013. The zoning change for Monrovia Town Center from Agriculture to Planned Unit Development…

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Partnership Preserves More Than 1,000 Acres in Somerset

The Lower Shore Land Trust (LSLT) last week announced that more than 1,000 acres will be preserved in Somerset County. The conservation project comes through a grant a 1,066-acre conservation easement funded by a North American Wetland Conservation Act grant to protect habitat for the American black duck. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, American black ducks have faced a reduction in breeding range that has impacted the number of black ducks counted each year.…

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