Maryland is a great, compact and diverse state – some call it “America in miniature.” It is important that we work together and celebrate that diversity as one Maryland, not to opportunistically pit one region of the state against the other. More
November 29, 2013
November 7, 2013
Ryan Sigworth, a GIS planner with the Maryland Department of Planning, has started a new cycling & advocacy blog entitled, The DCyclist. The blog will chronicle adventure, cycling, and cycling advocacy in the Washington, DC region. The blog was launched a few weeks ago starting with the popular Coffeeneuring Challenge occurring during October and November and a recent ride up the Matthew Henson Trail. More
October 31, 2013
A few miles south of Columbia and Ellicott City in Howard County, North Laurel is poised to become the focus of state attention. The oldest community in the county, and the one with the lowest income, Laurel is transected by U.S. 1, the highway that traverses the Eastern Seaboard through many places built long ago with little thought to smart growth principles.
Yes, parts of Laurel could use a facelift.
Acknowledging that, Howard County leaders have big plans for the area, which has many assets, including U.S. 1 but also proximity to Fort Meade, access to the MARC train and a charming historic area in Savage. Howard County officials have applied to be designated a Sustainable Community, which opens to the door to state funding programs as part of a 2010 program to strengthen reinvestment and revitalization in Maryland’s older communities. More
October 29, 2013
Maryland Planning Commissioners 30th Anniversary Annual Conference
Last week, 100 Maryland planning commissioners, board of appeals members and elected officials gathered at the iconic Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen for the Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) 30th Annual Conference. Billed as a “Field of Dreams,” the home of the Orioles Short Season, Single A affiliate Aberdeen IronBirds served as the setting for unique sessions on a variety of topics of interest to planning commissioners and board of appeals members.
What on earth do baseball and planning have in common? The answer could be gleaned from the MPCA program:
“Every community, city, town and suburb begins as a blank slate, an empty parcel of land – a “Field of Dreams.” More
October 28, 2013
Some creative planning for downtown Salisbury is underway. Last week, I, along with secretaries and deputy secretaries from four state agencies, joined Mayor Jim Ireton and Salisbury Council President Jake Day to brainstorm ways to continue the forward momentum of the city’s redevelopment effort. More
October 18, 2013
At its October 16th meeting, the Maryland Planning Directors’ Roundtable held a panel discussion on the potential impact of the United States Supreme Court holding in the case of Koontz v. St. John’s River Water Management District. The panel included: (1) Gus Bauman, Of Counsel for Beveridge & Diamond, PC; (2) Maryland Attorney General Chief Counsel for Opinions and Advice Adam Snyder; (3) Howard County Deputy Solicitor Paul Johnson; and (4) Maryland Department of Planning Assistant Attorney General Paul Cucuzzella. More
October 11, 2013
Baltimore’s historic Senator Theatre re-opened last night after 18 months of renovation. Built in 1939, the Art Deco movie house is beloved by Baltimoreans, spawning a Friends of the Theatre group, social media pages filled with gushing posts and a gaggle of celebrities for its grand re-opening. The $3.5 million renovation included an expansion from one screen to four as well as refurbishing murals, paneling, the floor and walls, and countless small architectural details. More