Montgomery Council Appoints Carol Rubin to Planning Board

Recently Montgomery County Council voted to appoint Carol Rubin to the Montgomery County Planning Board. Montgomery County Council appointed Carol Rubin to the Montgomery County Planning Board. Councilmembers recognized Ms. Rubin's experience at the Montgomery County Planning Department, as well as her ability to navigate complicated negotiations and her analytical and legal skills. According to the press release:  "Ms. Rubin has dedicated over 20 years to public service in Montgomery County, including 16 years with…

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Conduit Street Podcast Archives: Data and Districts With Planning Sec. McCord

As previously reported on Conduit Street, per Governor Larry Hogan’s executive order, the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission released final proposed drafts of the congressional, legislative, and state senate maps and public review. This week, from the Conduit Street Podcast archives, Maryland Department of Planning Secretary Robert McCord joins Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson to discuss the significance of new 2020 Census data for state and local redistricting. The Conduit Street Podcast is available on major platforms like Spotify, Apple Podcasts,…

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Winter #MACoCon Details Are Here – View the Registration Brochure!

MACo’s Winter Conference, “Time to Reboot: Tomorrow’s Tech Today,” on Dec 8-10, 2021, will bring together more than 600 leaders in the private and public sectors to discuss how to prepare for the changes on the horizon in Maryland.  View the Registration Brochure to see the full schedule, along with session titles and descriptions. Topics to be discussed include: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Cannabis Broadband Social Media 2022 General Assembly Opioids Post-Pandemic Workplace Highway User Revenue…

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Governor’s Redistricting Commission Releases Draft Maps for Public Input

This week, per Governor Larry Hogan’s executive order, the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission released final proposed drafts of the congressional, legislative, and state senate maps and public review. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the governor’s executive order charges the commission with producing fair maps for both state legislative and congressional districts that comply with a set of criteria, including: Complies with U.S. Constitution and Voting Rights Act of 1965 Respects natural boundaries and geographic integrity Does…

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Montgomery Publishes Design Guide for Improving Street Accessibility

Montgomery County has recently released a guide to facilitate accessibility for people who are blind or have low vision. The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) recently releases a first-of-its-kind design guide titled Planning and Designing Streets to be Safer and More Accessible for People with Vision Disabilities. The guide will facilitate accessibility for people who are blind or have low vision by outlining optimized strategies for public engagement, staff training, and improved pedestrian walkway design.…

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Baltimore County to Launch Online Permitting Platform

Baltimore County today announced the first phase of its transition from paper to online permit applications, in the latest effort to more efficiently and effectively serve residents. Beginning November 1, applicants for building, electrical, grading, plumbing, stormwater management, and other construction permits will submit applications and all related information online. The County will also use its online platform to schedule construction inspections. “We hold ourselves to the highest standards of customer service, and this is…

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Anne Arundel County Executive Pittman Appoints Planning Advisory Board Chair

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman announced the appointment of Gustav “Gus” Kurtz, Jr. as the new Chair of the Planning Advisory Board (PAB). Mr. Kurtz replaces Jerry Pesterfield as Chair. The Planning Advisory Board is tasked with making advisory recommendations to the County Executive, Planning and Zoning Officer, and the County Council relating to master plans, zoning maps, and rules and regulations related to zoning. The Board consists of seven qualified voters who serve…

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Worcester Hosting Listening Sessions for Comprehensive Critical Area Code Update

As part of the Comprehensive Critical Area Code updating process, Worcester County Environmental Programs staff will host two public listening sessions on October 20 and 27, 2021.  This draft legislation, which was introduced by the commissioners on September 21, represents a comprehensive rewrite of the existing law. According to a County press release: “The draft bill simply codifies the combination of the two existing programs, Atlantic Coastal Bays Critical Area program and Chesapeake Bay Critical Area program,…

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St. Mary’s Awarded Almost $400K from DCIP Grant

St. Mary's County was awarded $398,118 as one of 13 recipients of the competitive Defense Community Infrastructure Program grant. In a recent announcement by the Department of Defense, St. Mary's County was selected to receive a $398,118 grant as part of the competitive Defense Community Infrastructure Program (DCIP). This effort was a collaboration between several county departments including Economic Development and Public Works and Transportation as well as Naval Air Station Patuxent River (NAS PAX).…

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MCDOT Wins $85K to Increase Station Accessibility

MCDOT wins competitive $85,000 award to increase accessibility at MARC station in Germantown.  Montgomery County recently won an $85,000 award from the competitive "Transit Within Reach" Program, administered by the Transportation Planning Board. "'Planning for infrastructure today will help travel choices and accessibility tomorrow,' said Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich. 'Our County is growing in population and jobs. Providing the infrastructure that will provide access to public transportation hubs is key to advancing our climate…

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