Preview the 2020 Session “Big Picture”

A compilation of Issue Papers previews major fiscal and policy issues facing the General Assembly in the year ahead. This resource is a handy guide to the top issues that your legislators will be tackling in 2020 – a great preparation document for county officials in advance of meetings with their local Delegations. Developed by the Department of Legislative Services (DLS), the 2020 Issue Papers are an annual staple for the Annapolis policy-inclined population. They are also…

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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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What’s the Plan? Discussing Climate Change Goals at #MACoCon

MACo’s Winter Conference is just one week away – Dec 4-6. Don’t miss this chance to connect with hundreds of county leaders to discuss “Building for the Future.” Climate change has become an increasing concern for many jurisdictions in Maryland. MACo's Planners will host a session at the upcoming Winter Conference to discuss the role of local government in combatting climate change and give updates on the State's objectives. Title: What’s the Plan? Meeting Our…

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Clean and Green: Charting Maryland’s Energy Future

A general session at MACo's upcoming Winter Conference will focus on clean energy, and all the opportunities and challenges that come with our commitment to embrace and harness it. Title: Clean and Green: Charting Maryland’s Energy Future Time: Wednesday, December 5, 9:00 - 10:15 am Description: Maryland’s energy paradigm is shifting away from reliance on fossil fuels and towards renewable (solar and wind) and zero-carbon (nuclear and hydro) power sources. This transformation will require changes…

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Rural Counties Coalition Will Look Ahead at Conference

MACo's Chapter Organization for rural counties will meet during the MACo Winter Conference, with updates and information for county leaders from rural areas, including solar siting and the Forest Conservation Act. The Maryland Rural County Coalition was formed by the governing bodies of Allegany, Carroll, Frederick and Washington counties on December, 12, 2011. Working in conjunction with MACo, the Coalition provides a voice for Maryland's rural counties, allowing them to offer their unique perspective on…

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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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MACo Discusses Local Land Acquisition Goals With Legislators

MACo Legal and Policy Counsel Les Knapp discussed proximity and equity requirements for local land acquisition goals before The Joint Subcommittee on Program Open Space and Agricultural Land Preservation on November 19. The Presentation Knapp covered several topics in his remarks, including: MACo's position on local land acquisition goals Project Open Space (POS) requirements MACo Position on proximity and equity requirements MACo recognizes the importance of ensuring that large population centers and disadvantaged populations have…

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Counties Revamp Their Forest Conservation Efforts

Concerns over climate change and the health of the bay along with a shift in activism efforts to the local level are leading counties in Maryland to consider more action to slow the loss of forestlands.  Anne Arundel, Howard, and Frederick Counties have been considering legislation to strengthen their forest conservation laws. Anne Arundel County Council recently passed legislation introduced by County Executive Steuart Pittman after several council amendments. The final wording of the bill…

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Researchers: 2020 Census Guides $1.5 Trillion in Spending

In 2017, 316 federal spending programs relied on 2010 Census-derived data to distribute $1.504 trillion to state and local governments, nonprofits, businesses, and households across the nation -- more than previously thought, according to researchers at the George Washington Institute of Public Policy. The spending, which accounted for 7.8 percent of Gross Domestic Product in FY2017, varied substantially in terms of size, geographic focus, and extent of reliance on and uses of census data. The…

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Statistics In Schools Program Launched Ahead of 2020 Census

The United States Census Bureau's Statistics in Schools program aims to raise awareness around the role of schools in acquiring accurate community census counts. The program includes 67 activities that focus on math, statics and data analysis for children. The program also focuses on English Language Learner adults and children. From the Census Bureau: Overview Statistics in Schools provides more than 100 activities that you can use in any year—and whenever you have a new…

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